Built to Last: The 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival, November 6-14, 2015 in San Francisco

Left to right, Jana Mashonee, Tonantzin Carmello, Inez Jasper, Drew Lacapa, Keith Secola, Ras K'dee

Last Year: Left to right, Jana Mashonee, Tonantzin Carmello, Inez Jasper, Drew Lacapa, Keith Secola, Ras K’dee

Published September 28, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Mark your calendars for a milestone: the 40th annual American Indian Film Festival, Nov. 6-14, 2015 in San Francisco. The American Indian Film Institute is planning a slate of screenings, special events, memorable entertainment and VIP appearances for its historic 40th year, and the public is invited.

San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16 theaters, at 135 Fourth Street, will serve as the primary screening venue for the feature and documentary films, music videos, and youth films from AIFI’s Tribal Touring Program. This year, San Francisco’s plush Hotel Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102 is the Gala 40 Awards Show and Dinner venue for the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Saturday, November14, 2015, 5-9 p.m. For the second year, the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show will be taped in front of a live audience, for subsequent broadcast November 28, 2015 in select markets that will be announced at a later date.

“40th Anniversary will feature the best of American Indian and First Nations films, music, comedy, art and cultural exchange/presentations,” says American Indian Film Institute founder and president, Michael Smith (Sioux). “Naturally, the 40th annual American Indian Film Festival is an opportunity to both reflect on where we have been and to expand opportunities to promote our films, actors, and performing artists. Two of Indian country’s breakthrough actors – the late, legendary Salish Chief Dan George (Little Big Man; The Outlaw Josey Wales) of Canada, and Mvskogee/Creek Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Buffalo Bill) of Oklahoma was a founding board member of AIFI, and our work continues to honor their legacies – not the least of which was breaking stoic barriers for our people.”

Best Actress Winner Cara Gee (Ojibwe)

2014 Best Actress Winner Cara Gee (Ojibwe)

The American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show Gala 40 Dinner will include all the trappings of a good show; glitz, glamor, music, comedy, and surprises, Indian style! Twelve major awards will be presented including Best Film, Best Documentary Feature, Short, Music Video and Live Short, are among the awards to be presented. Gala 40, a major fund-raiser for AIFI, will offer tables of 10 for $5,000.00 and individual tickets begin at $150.00. AIFI is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible organization.

AIFF 40’s Official Festival Artist is Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw Tribe), who will make an appearance awards weekend to autograph festival posters. Authentic Native-made arts & crafts will also be available for purchase. The American Indian Film Institute’s annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Bay- area Indian families will run throughout the festival, culminating on awards weekend; film festival attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy, book or warm clothing to brighten the holidays for Native American children in the greater Bay Area.

Sponsorship and Media opportunities for the 40th annual American Indian Film Festival are available at several levels: Presenting Sponsor, $60,000; Platinum Sponsor, $30,000; Gold Sponsor, $20,000; Silver Sponsor, $15,000; Bronze Sponsor, $10,000 & Media Partners, $5,000. Complete details are available on AIFI’s website: http://aifisf.com/. The American Indian Film Festival is the world’s longest-running exposition of films by and about Native people in North America.

Native News Online photos by Nanette Bradley Deetz.

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