|Location||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
The American Indian Film Festival is an annual non-profit film festival in San Francisco, California, United States. It is the world's oldest venue dedicated solely to Native American/First Nations films and prepared the way for the 1979 formation of the American Indian Film Institute.
According to the Institute,the Festival was first presented in Seattle, Washington in 1975 and moved in 1977 to San Francisco, where it remains today. In 1979, the Festival was incorporated.
Over 3,100 films have been screened from Native American/First Nations communities in the U.S. and Canada, and the festival includes events such as film screenings, panel discussions, an awards ceremony and networking events.
This festival is not to be confused by the Native American Film and Video Festival, which was founded in 1979.
Recent festival winners include:
|1987||Loyalties||William Johnston and Ronald Lillie|
|1988||Journey to Spirit Island||Bruce D. Clark and Rodger Spero|
|1989||Powwow Highway||Jan Weiringa|
|1990||Dances With Wolves||Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner|
|1992||Incident at Oglala||Arthur Chobanian|
|1993||Medicine River||Barbara Allinson, John Danylkiw and Arvi Liimatainen|
|1994||Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee||Fred Berner|
|1995||Dance Me Outside||Brian Dennis|
|1996||Grand Avenue||Tony To|
|1998||Smoke Signals||Larry Estes|
|1999||Unbowed||Lisa Karadjian and Nanci Rossov|
|2000||Backroads||Shirley Cheechoo, Phyllis Ellis and Christine K. Walker|
|2001||The Doe Boy||Chris Eyre and Anthony Vozza|
|2002||Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner||Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk and Germaine Wong|
|2003||Dreamkeeper||Ron McLeod and Matthew O'Connor|
|2004||Edge of America||Chris Eyre and Willy Holtzman|
|2005||Johnny Tootall||Cynthia Chapman and Danielle Prohom Olson|
|2006||Expiration Date||John Forsen and Rick Stevenson|
|2007||Imprint||Chris Eyre and Michael Linn|
|2008||Before Tomorrow||Stephanie Rituit|
|2009||Barking Water||Chad Burris|
|2010||A Windigo Tale||Armand Garnet Ruffo|
|2011||Shouting Secrets||Josef Ueli Bollag and Korinna Sehringer|
|2013||Maïna||Yves Fortin and Karine Martin|
|2014||Drunktown's Finest||Chad Burris and Mateo Frazier|
|2015||Mekko||Chad Burris and Jasper Zweibel|
|2016||Before the Streets||Chloe Leriche|
|2017||Wind River||Elizabeth A. Bell, Peter Berg, Matthew George, Basil Iwanyk and Wayne L. Rogers|
|2018||Angelique's Isle||Amos Adetuyi, Dave Clement, Michelle Derosier and Floyd Kane|
|2019||Edge of the Knife||Jonathan Frantz|
|2020||Monkey Beach||Loretta Todd, Patti Poskitt, Carla Robinson, Fred Fuchs, Matthew O'Connor, Lisa Richardson|
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