Film-Television Production / Festivals / Related Programs

Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina

Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“The Eyes of the Land”) is an independent video production team that, since 1981, has focused on the land and people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. They exist to document and give voice and face to traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, history, language, art, music, environment and the politics of independence and sovereignty. Their award-winning productions have been used by teachers and scholars in classrooms in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, and their footage of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement has been featured in numerous documentaries by other producers.

Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking

 Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking is a feminist nonprofit organization committed to gender justice in filmmaking through an intersectional lens. They are a creative space where film and media-makers are safe to connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking. By providing access to a broad network of resources, education, leadership, and support, they create the conditions for women and girls to express themselves through the medium of film; raise awareness and visibility of women's and girls' work in film; and promote a diverse and positive representation of girls and women in media.​

Hawai‘i International Film Festival 

 As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. HIFF has become a premiere cinematic event in the Pacific and annually attracts more than 50,000 film enthusiasts from around the state, the nation and throughout the world. It is one of the premier film festivals in the United States and the only festival spread across an archipelago.

Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation

The Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation was founded in 1997 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, mahu and aIkane people, culture, arts, and lifestyle. HGLCF also works toward instilling a sense of pride in the community, increasing acceptance and inclusion across boundaries of gender, sexuality and identity, and highlighting the unique culture and history of Honolulu and Hawai’i. They present the annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, one of the longest-running and most respected LGBT film festivals in the country.

LA Skins Fest

An annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics, LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Sponsored by companies including Netflix, HBO, Turner, Comcast NBC Universal and Disney, LA Skins Fest regularly conducts workshops and labs to support Native American directors, writers, and actors. 

Turtle Island Productions

This Native-owned production company creates content focusing on issues and stories from American Indian and Canadian First Nation communities.

 Katahdin Productions

Created by the co-founder of Clif Bar, Inc., this production company produces documentary films and educational material which tackle issues of social, political and historical interest, often centered around Native Americans.

American Indian Film Institute (AIFI)

Started in 1975, this San Francisco based film festival is the oldest Native American centered film festival in the world. The festival is run by Native American organizers and offers a platform to discuss an array of topics concerning Natives in today’s world.

(If you’re interested in learning more information on Native filmmakers, we recommend contacting the festival’s winners and nominees)

Sundance Native Program

Native American filmmakers have long been involved in the world-renowned Sundance Institute. Following President and Founder Robert Redford's original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting the voices of Native American artists.

California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

Held at the Pechenga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) offers audiences the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.

Santa Fe Film Festival

The festival’s annual program includes curated selections of over 40 film programs including narrative and documentary features, shorts of all types, tributes to world-renowned film artists and industry professionals as well as a spotlight on local, New Mexican filmmakers and crew.

Native American Film and Music Festival

Founded in 2017, this festival in Grass Valley, California will be an annual two-day celebration including food, music, movies and fun in honor of Native American heritage month.

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