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46th American Indian Film Festival

San Francisco, United States, November 5 to 13, 2021

Call for entries

(Feature and short films, all genres)

The American Indian Film Festival is currently accepting applications for its 2021 edition.

 Please note that films must be submitted directly to the festival via FilmFreeway.

  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes



To be eligible, a film must:

  • be made of and about USA American Indian and First Nation Peoples of Canada
  • be produced in 2020 – 2021



The American Indian Film Festival® is the world’s longest-running exposition showcasing independent film exposition dedicated to USA Native American and First Nations people of Canada’s cinematic achievement. For the last 46 years, AIFI has served and celebrated generations of Native American filmmakers, performing artists and audiences, with the best of the most current Native American Cinema while drawing into the circle of Hollywood celebrities, industry professionals, student filmmakers, seasoned festival-goers, and newcomers traveling to San Francisco from near and far.

Celebrating its 46th annual, the San Francisco-based festival has become a trusted guide to contemporary Native American life. A reliable, celebratory and empowering event, the Festival works to replace stereotypes with authentic representations of Native traditions, history and present-day life.

AIFF46 showcases feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos and public service works of Native American/American Indians by filmmakers all around the world. Highlighted by Indian Country Today’s as “Seven Events Worth Experiencing” and Voted as one of the “Best Native American Experience” by USA Today, the American Indian Film Festival is an event not to miss.


Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of a feature film in the Festival for application to its International Festival participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890