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Red Nation Television Network and Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards is a program of the Red Nation Celebration Institute. Films that stream on Red Nation Television Network and screen at Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) have received broadcast network and distribution deals, actors have been hired for television series, casted in feature films and asked to be presenters at NAACP Image Awards. Writers are looked at for future television shows, these are a few of the key benefits that the film festival provides. One of our major accomplishments is that RNIFF has secured exclusive screenings with studios, major production companies. Some films secured have screened as U.S. Exclusive premiere’s including premiereing BEFORE the studio and/or production company had their premiere, be it – world, or U.S. to the general public then going on to win awards!

This is the Festival to experience Native Cinematic Excellence. Red Nation International Film Festival  screens films before they are nominated for Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards including films Short-listed for an Academy Award. This has been a staple of RNIFF.  Wild Indian, Night Raiders, Antlers, Indian Horse, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open, The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me, I Stand: The Guardians of the WaterWind River, Woman Walks Ahead, Frozen River, The Garden, American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still Be Indian and Honor the Treaties were screened at Red Nation International Film Festival.

In addition, RNIFF is the only Native Indigenous festival in the world to screen these film titles before the studio premiere’s to the general public. In 2009, RNIFF secured in partnership with Summit Entertainment “Twilight Saga: New Moon” before their world premiere. 

RNIFF Red is Green Carpet Events were first launched at RNIFF, providing a platform in keeping with its’ mission American Indian at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry.

Native Film Market – Red Nation Celebration Institute ground-breaking initiative INDIGENOUS EYES FILMMAKER SHOWCASE was launched in November 2015 and sponsored by Honest Engine Films, in partnership with Red Nation Television Network, and presented by Red Nation Celebration Institute in Santa Monica at the Loews Hotel during American Film Market. Today, an Annually Film Market.

Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute. Films that screen at Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) have received broadcast network deals, distribution deals, actors have been hired for television series, casted in feature films and asked to be presenters at NAACP Image Awards. Writers are looked at for future television shows, these are a few of the key benefits that the film festival provides. One of our major accomplishments is that RNIFF has locked down exclusive screenings with major production companies in choosing films to screen BEFORE being screened to general public then going on to win awards!

2021 Red Nation International Film Festival Congratulations to #ChloeZhao First Woman of Color and Second woman to WIN for Best Director for #Nomadland #Oscars2021 The Academy

RNCI continues to recognize cinematic excellence #NativesinChargeofTheirNarrative
Chloé Zhao films ‘Songs My Brother Taught Me’ WON RNCI Red Nation Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, and ‘The Rider’ Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role.

Films that screen at Red Nation International Film Festival go on to garnered Academy Awards, Emmy Awards. Spirit Awards including Canadian Screen Awards, Cannes Film Festival.“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open”, “Songs My Brother Taught Me”, I Stand: The Guardians of the Water“, “Wind River”, “Woman Walks Ahead”, “Indian Horse”, “Frozen River”, “The Garden” and “Honor the Treaties”.

In addition, RNIFF was the first film festival in the world to screen before its premier and to the general public in partnership with Summit EntertainmentTwilight Saga: New Moon”. This is the Festival to experience Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence.

On the Red is Green Carpet Events were first launched at RNIFF in 2009, providing a platform in keeping with its’ mission American Indian at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry.

Native Film Market – Red Nation Celebration Institute ground-breaking initiative INDIGENOUS EYES FILMMAKER SHOWCASE was launched in November 2015 and sponsored by Honest Engine Films, in partnership with Red Nation Television Network, and presented by Red Nation Celebration Institute in Santa Monica at the Loews Hotel during American Film Market. Annually Film Market.

1000 distribution and production companies were invited, 400 attended the Red is Green carpet gala. This launch created a buzz, internationally and locally, industry professionals were amazed at how many native & indigenous films have been produced. Red Nation’s INDIGENOUS EYES FILMMAKER SHOWCASE highlighted this very important ground-breaking initiative.

Red Nation Celebration Institute’s Native FILM Market, held during Red Nation International Film Festival in November, annually. The Festival features the only film competition in the world that offers guaranteed distribution of Native & Indigenous Award winning independent films, as well as films that screen at the festival to include a broadcast television release in partnership with Red Nation Television Network, a global provider of streaming movies and television series.

The Festival is a showcase for new work by Native & Indigenous international independent filmmakers, bringing together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media representation of Native & Indigenous content to the world at large.

  • Women of the White Buffalo (2019 & 2022)
  • Gather (2020)
  • Wild Indian (2021)
  • Night Raiders (2021)
  • Antlers (2021)
  • I Stand: The Guardians of the Water screened at RNIFF 2017 picking up RNCI Red Nation Award for Best Documentary and went on to receive an EMMY 2020.
  • I am Taino went on to broadcast o HBO (2019)
  • The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open Los Angeles Premiere (2019)
  • Woman Walks Ahead Los Angeles Preimere (2018)
  • Wind River Los Angeles Preimere (2018)
  • The Rider (2018)
  • Wind River screened at RNIFF picking up five at RNCI Red Nation Awards and went on to receive a nomination for First Time Feature Film Director and Screenwriter at the 70th Director Guild of America. (2017)
  • Indian Horse (2017)
  • The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invites Red Nation International Film Festival Founder Joanelle Romero as a lifetime member (2016).
  • Songs My Brother Taught Me screened at RNIFF picking up 3 at RNCI Red Nation Awards. (2015)
  • Groundbreaking First Time In History, that a Native Awards Shows broadcast. RNCI Red Nation Awards Show is broadcast LIVE and streamed on Red Nation Television Network – Native is Here. (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Red Nation International Film Festival (Distribution) Native FILM Market @ American Film Market (2015)
  • First Time in History Cable Television, RNCI Red Nation Awards Show was broadcast on Comcast | NBC Universal and LA Channel 35, this marks an historic event in being the first time an American Indian Awards Show, pre-recorded broadcast. (2013)
  • Red Nation International Film Festival, 10 films were broadcast on Comcast | NBC Universal (2013) reaching 19 million viewers.
  • Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian U.S. Premiere at RNIFF. (2013)
  • Honor the Treaties after screening and WON Best Doc Sort @ RNIFF 2012, the short went on to Win an Emmy in 2013.
  • RNIFF was invited to submit festival films for consideration into the NAACP Image Awards. This was the first and only time in the history of the NAACP Image Awards that American Indian Films were considered. (2012)
  • Yellow Rock feature film has won awards across the country since winning their first award at RNIFF as well as received a national distribution deal as a result of being directly screened and also won awards at RNIFF. (2011)
  • Twilight- New Moon RNIFF partnered with Summit Entertainment in screening Twilight- New Moon, before the film had its premiere and going into public theaters, this was a first for Summit Entertainment in regards to screening their franchise at any film festival. (2009)
  • Frozen River screened at RNIFF and went on to garner two Academy Award nominations and six Spirit Awards nominations. (2008)
  • The Garden screened at RNFF and went on to receive a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 81st Academy Awards. (2008)
  • American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still be Indian, short-listed for an Academy Award. (2000)

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