The American Indian Film Institute is the premiere Native American media and cultural arts exposition in the West Coast and its annual film festival is the world’s oldest forum dedicated to Native American cinema. Each year the American Indian Film Festival®aims to provide a diverse audience of people from all nations, multigenerational, and local community with a passion for film and interest in Native people and life, and opportunity to meet, explore, experience and honor all those involved in the contemporary Native film industry.


Call for 2019 Entries

Celebrating its 44th annual, the San Francisco based festival has become a trusted guide to contemporary Native American life. A reliable, celebratory and empowering event, the Festival’s array of programs – films, workshops, receptions, awards show – work to replace stereotypes with authentic representations of Native traditions, history and present-day life.

Call for Entry Is Now Open

2019 Oscar’s Recognition

In Honor of Michael Smith
We are honored to share with you the recognition our late AIFI Director & Founder, Michael Smith, received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in their 2019 Oscars.

AIFI Restoration Relief Fund

After suffering a devastating blow to our festival archives, we humbly ask for support to help with water restoration costs.


Our Office has moved!

We are excited to share with you our relocation to the Intersection for the Arts Building in San Francisco. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements this year as AIFI prepares for AIFF44 this fall.

Our new location: 1446 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102