Indian Inuit: The North America Film Festival

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Indian Inuit: The North America Film Festival
General information
place Stuttgart
genre Film festival
Website north
Visitor numbers
2004 around 3000
Previous venues
2012 Stuttgart

INDIAN INUIT: THE NORTH AMERICA FILM FESTIVAL is a festival that shows films from Indian North America ( USA and Canada ). It was founded in 2004 by Gunter Lange, the festival's artistic director. It takes place every two years in Stuttgart and is the only festival of its kind in Europe.


The film festival shows films from different categories. The feature films, documentaries, short films, cartoons and music videos are predominantly Indian productions. Indigenous directors, actors and producers present the topics from their point of view and convey different perspectives on Indian everyday life, history and mythology. Guests who have participated in the productions of the films shown are invited to each festival. They report on the background of the films and are available to answer questions from the audience.

The indigenous film is now emerging as a genre of its own. The aim of the film festival is to show a broad spectrum of perspectives through the large number of films shown and to counteract stereotyping. It sees itself as an event with an entertainment and educational mandate.


30 to 50 films make up the film program of a festival. An average of 200 films are submitted before each festival. Film screenings for school classes, cultural programs and educational training are important components of the festival. Educationally valuable films that can be used in the classroom are suggested to the media centers for distribution. The festival combines the numerous film presentations with a multifaceted supporting program that includes, for example, exhibitions, concerts, readings, dances, lectures or other cultural events.


Previous festivals, outlook

So far, the festival has taken place in Stuttgart under the following themes:

  • November 18 to 28, 2004 (and in Zurich): untitled
  • March 21-25, 2007 "Indigenous Voices"
  • December 10th to 13th, 2009 "Generation Pow Wow"
  • January 19-22, 2012 "Between Tradition and Multimedia Life"
  • 23rd to 26th January 2014 "No more Silence"
  • January 21 to 24, 2016 "In Tomorrow We Believe"
  • January 18th to 21st, 2018 "UP | RISE - Earth and Water"
  • February 6th to 9th, 2020 "Dreams have no Borders"

One of the organizers' goals is to develop the festival as a professional film forum in order to promote communication between indigenous and German filmmakers. 2013 was startnext - crowdfunding performed, which earned more than 5,000 euros in donations. All prizes are endowed with 500 € each. In 2014, for the first time, pupils from a primary school in Stuttgart took over the jury for the UNICEF Children's Film Prize.

Since 2014, the festival awards prizes in the following categories:

  • Best feature film
  • Best Documentary (long)
  • Best Children's Film (UNICEF Prize)
  • Best music video
  • Best Animated Film (since 2018)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Steven Leuthold: Indigenous aesthetics. Native Art, Media and Identity. University of Texas press, Austin 1998, ISBN 0-292-74703-9 .
  • Jacquelyn Kilpatrick: Celluloid Indians. Native Americans and Film. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln 1999, ISBN 0-803-27790-3 .
  • Kerstin Knopf: Decolonizing the Lens of Power. Indigenous Films in North America. In: Cross / cultures. 100. Rodopi, Amsterdam / New York 2008, ISBN 978-9-042-02543-1 .
  • Manuela Müller: Trickster in Native American Film: The continuation of the oral tradition. Meidenbauer, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-899-75692-0 .
  • Thomas Koebner (Ed.): Indians in front of the camera. Edition text and criticism, München 2011, ISBN 978-3-869-16120-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Media Arts, Cultural Events Gunter Lange, Artistic Director
  2. Meeting point at Rotebühlplatz film festival partner
  3. ^ Linden Museum / Stuttgart Film Festival partner
  4. ^ German-American Center / James F. Byrnes Institute eV Stuttgart Film Festival partner
  5. UNICEF working group Stuttgart Film Festival partner
  6. American Indian Film Institute San Francisco ( Memento of the original from September 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Film festival partner  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. International Aboriginal Film Festival film festival partner