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American Indian Film Festival: 126 films, 30 nominees, 6 winners

Co-founded by Will Sampson, the 46th Annual festival is the oldest and longest-running Native film festival in the US is running until Nov. 13


November 8, 2021

The American Indian Film Festival kicked off its 46th year and annual showcasing of films in San Francisco and virtually Nov. 5.

The festival is the longest-running Native American film festival in the country and was started by Native actor Will Sampson, well-known for his role in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and his close friend Michael Smith in 1975.

The festival in San Francisco has screened well over 3,500 films since that time. In 2021, the festival hosted 126 films — 30 of them competing in six categories to include feature, documentary feature, documentary short, live short animated short, and music video. Past feature film winners include ‘Wind River” in 2017, “Barking Water” in 2009, and some of Indian Country’s favorites in “Smoke Signals” in 1998 and “Powwow Highway” in 1989.


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