Call for entries 12th Annual Native American Indian Film and Video Festival

Columbia, South Carolina (ICC) 9-09

Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of South Carolina has officially opened its Call for Entries, accepting submissions of independently produced film and video, feature length and short length films, documentary, experimental, student, religious/spiritual, animation, comedy, horror/Sci-Fi and all genre of music videos, for the 12th Annual Native American Indian Film & Video Festival.

DEADLINE September 20, 2009

This community-based event aims to present the richness and variety of Native American cinematic expressions, as independent filmmakers share their unique dreams and concerns, as well as those of their varied communities, through the art of the moving image. The organizers of the festival want to enhance awareness in Native American Indian talent and provide exposure of the arts, independent Native American Indian cinema, media, and the motion picture industry to the southeastern United States. Each year, during November, the finest films created by, or on the subject of Native American and other indigenous people are chosen for screening at this festival celebrating National Native American Indian Heritage Month. The festival started in 1997, eleven years later, the festival is the longest-running of its type in the Southeast and has expanded in both scope and size. Films are welcomed that feature talent, stories and themes from Central America's indigenous people, South America, and indigenous films from throughout the world including Aboriginal films from Australia and New Zealand. Annually the theme that connects all of the films is one of bridging Native and non-Native communities, and highlighting contemporary Native issues that mirror those experienced by other communities and cultures. This year the festival will be November 5-9th.

This unique film festival, the only Native festival of it's kind in the southeastern section of the country that draws independent filmmakers. Primarily the festival is a time to educate folks about contemporary Native American issues, Native theme documentaries and to discuss film and video Literacy and the power it has to tell Native Stories by Native people and to entertain. This festival presents a series of films that are American Indian produced, directed, and/or starring Native American Indian people. The major categories for this festival include: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Commercial Feature, Short Subject, Music Video, Animated Short Subject, Student Film, Public Service, and Industrial. Documentaries are invited from any field of ethnographic, anthropological, analytical approach to indigenous cultures and Native American Indian societies.


Formats excepted include: 35 mm, VHS, DVD, Digital, 16mm, and Beta SP. All entry applications must be accompanied by a DVD or VHS screener, promotional materials, including production credits, publicity stills, as well as a film synopsis, not to exceed 250 words. Entrants are responsible for all shipping costs. If your film is accepted, your film title and names of director, producer and writer will be included in our print program and theater signage and in all promotional information presented to press.

Deadline for submission is September 20, 2009.

Entry forms can also be obtained by writing or calling ECSIU.

Submit press packets with submissions or provide a 1-page detailed description of your submission with vitae. Include a self-addressed and stamped return package (if return required). Films still in our receipt are still under consideration for programming.

MFilm and video entries must be on DVD or VHS (if DVD avialable) ~ DVD Copies Must Be Available for Screenings, unless otherwise agreed. For 2009, shorts, features, documentaries, videos, music videos, student, and children's films are encouraged.

There is NO submission Fee!

Mail All Submissions to or FMI:
ECSIUT, Film Festival of Southeastern USA
P.O. Box 7062, Columbia South Carolina, 29202, (803)699-0446,

Attn: Dr. Will Moreau Goins, Film Festival Coordinator/ Presenter

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The Nickelodeon and the Columbia Film Society are also co-sponsors and the adopted home for the annual film festival each year. South Carolina’s only non-profit cinema offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great film with a bottle of wine or beer, homemade brownies and cookies, and zero transfat popcorn.

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