In our third year, the mission of the Indigenous Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating, elevating, and empowering Native film while reframing the narratives of Indigenous peoples, communities, and cultures.

The Festival operates entirely on the support from generous organizations and individual people whose philanthropic goals align with supporting and advancing Indigenous and Native arts.


Support Our Growth

In year three, there are three major areas we hope to grow:

  • Expand the event.  

    We are growing from a one-night experience to a two-day event with multiple screenings and programming that align with our vision and strategic goals.  We will continue this growth each year until our event days match with the Oglala Lakota Nation wačhípi.  
  • Build sustainability.  

    Over the next few years we plan to purchase theater and event equipment that will ensure self-sufficiency, produce an extraordinary event, and promote year-round programming and sustainability.  Not only will this equipment be a valuable assets to the Festival for years to come, but the community—who will have access to premium event equipment and technology not yet available on the reservation.
  • Support our people.  

    A core value of the Festival initiative is providing reasonable economic support to recruit and retain qualified team members, guest talent, and collaborators whose leadership and guidances will ensure impactful workshops, successful Festival programming, and mentorship that advances Native film and arts.  

By funding our Festival, you provide the financial support needed to begin the groundwork of advancing representation of Indigenous and Native arts, building an intentional and supportive community of artists, and redefining the narrative of the Pine Ridge Reservation by using art as the vehicle for impactful social change. 

We have ambitious goals, but we believe in our dreams and in the power of movies. 



To connect and learn more about sponsoring  our event


How We Recognize Sponsors

Event sponsors will be recognized in meaningful ways through uniquely developed packages that maximize sponsor objectives and partnership building.  This will be achieved through brand awareness and visibility, cross­-promotional marketing, commemorative festival products, exclusive access, on­site event activities, and other reasonable opportunities determined by Sponsors.  Additionally, sponsors have the chance to support and present specific activities at the Festival, like film competition awards, showcases, panels, and performances.  Along with these opportunities, we will honor sponsors through traditional Lakota ceremonial customs to express our gratitude for their generous support.

Other Ways to Support

  • In-Kind
  • Online/Individual

Past Sponsors