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Native Women in FILM Festival 2021

Why We Wear Red

Decolonizing The Screen Women of Color and Allies

A Program of Red Nation Celebration Institute

Native Women in FILM & Television #NWIFT founded in 1995. #NWIFT started as a Native Women Music Festival in Santa Fe NM. #NWIFT went on to having its own program of screenings at the annual Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF), films directed by women screen annually at #RNIFF in November . In 2003, Native Women in FILM & Television wanted to have a stand alone Film Festival during the Oscars week, out of a direct need to keep our image at the forefront of the entertainment industry, hence Native Women in FILM Festival was born.

At the height of #MeToo actor/director/founder/humanitarian Joanelle Romero (AMPAS) of Native Women in FILM coined and founded #WhyWeWearRED with a media coalition to address a Global Call to Action initiative that aims to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls and the lack of inclusion of Native Women in Film & Television. Every year in February, leading up to the Academy Awards the annual Native Women in FILM Festival takes place along with Conversation Series.

Red Nation Celebration Institute a pioneer enterprise, is the longest standing Native Arts & Culture nonprofit organization in the City of Los Angeles.

Red Nation Celebration Institute, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated program Native Youth Matter, RNCI’s #WhyWeWearRED reached national attention for Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & the lack of inclusion of Native Women in FILM and Television with support from Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), Congresswoman Debra Haaland, USC Price School of Public Policy and USC Price Bedrosian Center for #WhyWeWearRED Media Coalition.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda Tenequer at, or by phone at 818.665.5753.


Monkey Beach


Kiss the Ground

Voices From The Barrens

The Revolution Generation

International Documentaries

Ruahine: Stories In Her Skin

Uma: A Water Crisis In Bolivia

Doc Shorts

Becoming: Orlando Dugi

Shattering Sacred Ground

Sacheen: Breaking the Silence

American Holocaust

I am me

The Camp(us)

Without A Whisper - Konnón:Kwe

Remembering Our Grandpa


Hop Along Hang On

The Origin Of The Dreamcatcher

Live Action



Little Chief

Television Series

American Holocaust S1, E1

American Holocaust S1, E2

American Holocaust S1, E3

NWIF Conversation Series

Why We Wear Red
Why We Wear Red
April 19 - 24. 2021

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