Native Film Labs


Red Nation Native FILM Labs is an Indigenous film community multimedia program presented by Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI). Native FILM Labs explores the layers of indigenous identity, sovereignty and resilience. We use storytelling as a tool to empower first nations content creators and native youth,  Natives in Charge of their Narrative™ is our ongoing theme!

In addition, Native students have always been a highlighted interest of Red Nation Celebration Institute’s work in recognizing and developing new talent. Red Nation Celebration Institute’s Native Youth Matter program has sustained since 1995.

Native FILM Lab Program is currently seeking US-based Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian filmmakers with five opportunities:

Lab 1

Short Film Screenplays for American Indian & Indigenous Women.  Screenplays can be no longer than 15 pages to be considered. Screenplays must be about Native women subject matter. Projects will be reviewed and selected based on their originality of voice and vision and their likelihood of being produced within 2017-18. The writer/director is encouraged to have a producer prior to selection. The writer/director will be selected *home-grown in two states/cities Los Angeles CA and Santa Fe New Mexico. The recipient will participate in the Native FILM Lab, a three-stage grant contract providing support in pre-production, production and post- production, and attendance at the 2018 Red Nation Film Festival.

Lab 2

Native Women in FILM is a lab the nurtures Native Women WRITE. This lab is designed to give a voice to the most underrepresented voice in the film industry.  Since 1995 RNCI has highlighted and expanded this program in providing Indigenous Women the opportunity to director, produce, write, and act in telling their own stories as well as reading their scripts to an audience and industry professsionals.  Each year, Native Women in FILM content creators work with industry professionals, sit on panels at Red Nation Film Festival through Red Nation Conversation Series. Native Women WRITE have the opportunity to read their script at Red Nation Film Festival 2017.

Lab 3

Content Makers already have your own equipment and vision, join established Native Filmmakers *Team Red Nation in developing  content for future projects, to be televised on Red Nation Television Network and screened at Red Nation Film Festival.

Lab 4

Native Youth Matter (Mentoring), seeking Native youth to participant *hands-on in production, filming, photography, Red Carpets, On-air Interviewers for 2017 Red Nation Film Festival in Santa Fe NM, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Lab 5

Film LA Emerging filmmakers and Native Youth. Invited filmmakers to develop shorts in and around Los Angeles. Los Angeles is the largest population of urban American Indians. Los Angeles rich history of Native culture, that needs to be preserved on film. Each filmmaker will receive free film permits.

Application: OPEN for 2017 Native FILM Labs

Dates: August 10-23 (Santa Fe NM) and September 11-October 31 (Los Angeles) and November 8-19 (Los Angeles)

Grant Pool: 5 projects

Eligibility: American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S.

Description:  Native FILM programs provides support to emerging American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S.  Native FILM Lab will support first time filmmakers through the process of shooting a short film under the guidance of a Supervising Producer and mentoring Director.

Partners: Film La Inc, La Plazita Institute, Outta Your Backpack Media.