Indigenous Media Initiatives
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Elizabeth Weatherford is founder and emeritus director of the National Museum of the American Indian's Film and Video Center and its Native American Film + Video Festival in New York and Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe. She is currently working on a book about the dynamic impact of indigenous film.
Liisa Holmberg is a Sámi film maker originally from Finnish side of the Saamiland. She has worked in the film business for over 20 years now as a producer, production manager and film consultant. An important part of her work has been the annual Skábmagovat Film Festival which has been held every January since 1999.The goal of the festival is to show Sámi and other indigenous films describing the complexity of the modern and traditional ways of living in indigenous societies nowadays. She has been being part of establishing the International Sámi Film Institute in Kautokeino Norway 2007.
Sunna Nousuniemi is a Sámi from Finland who works as a project coordinator for International Sámi Film Institute in Norway. She has been working in the indigenous music and film festival industry since 2014 and alongside her position at ISFI she works as a producer for Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival in Finland.
Nousuniemi has represented Sámi film at the European Film Market in Berlin and done Sámi film showcases for international film festivals such as Maoriland in New Zealand. Recently Nousuniemi has been working on the Arctic Film Circle project, which is a short film collaboration between indigenous film directors from the Arctic, initiated by ISFI and Nunavut Film Development. Alongside her work, she is currently making her first documentary film that explores the different aspects of Sámi culture and identity.