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Native Indigenous Student Academy of Cinematic Arts

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Native Indigenous Student Academy of Cinematic Arts

The Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute amplifying emerging Native Indigenous student filmmakers. Each year, college, university and high school film students from all over the world compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in the following categories: Animation, Documentary, Live Action Narrative and Alternative/Experimental.

Other programs include RNCI Film Labs ‘Mentorship’ and Screenwriters’. 

The Native Indigenous Student Academy of Cinematic Arts is an international student academy of excellence in film competition, first established in 1995 with the name Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It.  Since 1995, Native and Indigenous students have always been included in the submission process for RNCI program ‘Red Nation International Film Festival’ however in 2021, RNCI Board of Directors recognized that the students needed their own stand alone film festival and awards ceremony.  

In 2022, RNCI reimagined the contributions that Native and Indigenous Students have brought to the table through their lens hence Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts was born. 

 

Awards Ceremony
Student Film Academy
Film Festival
Mentorship Lab
Mentorship Lab
Screenwriters Lab
RNCI Crew for Students
History
Urban & Reservation Youth
Standing Rock Youth
Native Studies Center

Land Recognition

We acknowledge that our work takes place on Unceded and Occupied territories of the 575+ Native Nations. We are inviting you to take a moment to reflect on whose land you are living and working on and if you don’t know, to research and reflect.