Mission of Présence autochtone/First Peoples’ Festival Develop links between the artistic and cultural rebirth of the First Peoples and the cultural dynamism of a great metropolis, in a sustainable development perspective based on friendship among peoples, diversity of sources of expression as a collective treasure to be shared and through recognition of the specificity of…

Michael Smith, the man who founded the American Indian Film Institute and the American Indian Film Festival, passed away on Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 in San Francisco. Visionary, Smith founded the first-ever American Indian Film Festival that marked its 42nd year in November 2017. This event opened the way to all the festivals that have…

(Français ci-bas – español más abajo) 28th Montreal First Peoples Festival Call for film submissions Deadline: March 19 2018 Extended final deadline: April 2nd 2018 The Montreal First Peoples Festival is calling on you to submit your audio-visual works for its 28th edition, taking place August 8th to 15th 2018. As always, we will screen a selection of films…

On December 7 2017, the ‘’Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse » (Quebec Human Ridhts Commission) has given a ‘’Droits et Libertés’’ prize to the Montreal First Peoples Festival.  The commission has applauded the fact that the festival has been a cultural beacon for culture and reconciliation. «One of the…

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Teueikan Award – THE HEALING WINDS

By Joël Montañez

At the precise point starting from which a true artist is able to speak out against reality as if it were a fiction in which we believe too innocently, Joël Montañez has set up his camera and turned his lens towards a Northern village and Inuit faces, including female lead Reepa Arreak’s sublimely pained countenance. The poverty of the means at the filmmaker’s disposal, far from confining him to creative indigence, seems… Read more

Rigoberta Menchu Award – LE CHANT DE LA FLEUR

By Jacques Dochamps, José Gualinga

The narration is not by an anonymous, faraway voice, as we think for a moment as the film begins. It is in the first person singular, told by the wife of the chief of a Sarayacu village, the account of a collective struggle for the integrity of the land the survival of an Amazonian First Nation depends on, as well as the chronicle of a people’s victory over a petroleum multinational… Read more