We are pleased to have twenty-five distinguished directors involved in the First Nations\First Features Showcase.

Their work covers an enormous breadth of material and has won them Academy Award nominations, a host of prizes at Festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, and The Chicago International Documentary Film Festival, and prestigious awards from the Australian Film Institute and the Academy of Canadian Cinema's Genie awards, to name a few.

Learn here about the varied backgrounds and experiences that have shaped these artist's lives and work.
Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie (Coeur d'Alene/Spokane)
is a critically acclaimed filmmaker...
Featured Film: The Business of Fancydancing
Country of Production: USA
Crisanto Manzano Avella
is from the village of Zaragoza...
Featured Film: Guia Toó (Powerful Mountain)
Country of Production: Mexico
Barry Barclay
is one of the foremost Maori filmmakers in Aotearoa...
Featured Film: Te Rua
Country of Production: Aotearoa/New Zealand
Dante Cerano Bautista
Dante Cerano Bautista (P'urhepecha)
has been exploring questions of cultural...
Featured Film: Day 2 (Dia 2)
Country of Production: Mexico
Shirley Cheechoo
began directing films in 1997...
Featured Film: Silent Tears
Country of Production: Canada
Chris Eyre
Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/ Arapaho)
directs for film and television...
Featured Film: Smoke Signals
Country of Production: USA
Nils Gaup
Nils Gaup (Sami)
was one of the first indigenous filmmakers...
Featured Film: Pathfinder
Country of Production: Norway
Vilsoni Hereniko
The Land Has Eyes (Pear ta ma 'on maf) is the first...
Featured Film: The Land Has Eyes (Pear ta ma 'on maf)
Country of Production: Fiji
Zacharias Kunuk
Born in Kapuivik, Canada, Kunuk spent his childhood...
Featured Film: Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Country of Production: Canada
Anastasia Lapsui (Nenet)
grew up speaking her native language in the village of...
Featured Film: A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (Jumalan morsian)
Country of Production: Finland/Russia
Markku Lehmuskallio
co-directed films with Anastasia Lapsui since 1993...
Featured Film: A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (Jumalan morsian)
Country of Production: Finland/Russia
Blackhorse Lowe
grew up on the Navajo reservation in Nenahnezad...
Featured Film: 5th World
Country of Production: USA
Patricio Luna
Patricio Luna (Aymara)
has been a cultural activist in highland Bolivia...
Featured Film: Angels of the Earth (Los angeles de la tierra)
Country of Production: Bolivia
Victor Masayesva, Jr.
ground-breaking experimental videos have...
Featured Film(s): Itam Hakim, Hopiit,  Ritual Clowns
Country of Production: USA
Merata Mita
Merata Mita (Maori)
is the first Maori woman to direct a dramatic feature...
Featured Film: Mauri
Country of Production: Aotearoa/New Zealand
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt (Aboriginal)
is a world-renowned filmmaker, photographer...
Featured Film: Bedevil
Country of Production: Australia
Shelley Niro
was born in Niagra Falls, New York...
Featured Film(s): Honey Moccasin,  The Shirt
Country of Production: Canada
Alanis Obomsawin
is one of Canada's most distinguished...
Featured Film: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Country of Production: Canada
Rachel Perkins
Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/ Kalkadoon)
is the director of two features...
Featured Film: Radiance
Country of Production: Australia
Randy Redroad
Randy Redroad (Cherokee)
The Doe Boy, Redroad's feature film debut...
Featured Film: The Doe Boy
Country of Production: USA
Marcelina Cárdenas Sausa
has been active as video producer...
Featured Film: Loving Each Other in the Shadows (Llanthupi munakuy)
Country of Production: Bolivia
Ivan Sen
Ivan Sen (Gamilaroi)
drew on his own background as the child of...
Featured Film: Beneath Clouds
Country of Production: Australia
Paul-Anders Simma
studied at the Swedish Film Institute...
Featured Film: The Minister of State
Country of Production: Sweden/ Norway/ Finland
Lee Tamahori
Lee Tamahori (Maori)
The internationally acclaimed Once Were Warriors (1995)...
Featured Film: Once Were Warriors
Country of Production: Aotearoa/New Zealand
Taika Waititi
Waititi's directorial debut, the short film Two Cars, One Night...
Featured Film: Two Cars, One Night
Country of Production: Aotearoa/New Zealand
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