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Native American Doc Challenge championed by Forrest Goodluck and premieres at Big Sky Doc Fest

Audience Awards is proud to announce the Native American Doc Challenge

Native American, Hawaiian Pacific Islanders and First Nations of Canada filmmakers are invited to submit their short documentaries, 7 minutes and under, to the Audience Awards Native American Doc Challenge.

An industry jury will judge the films and the top 8 films will screen at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February 2018.  Additionally, the finalist showcase will screen at AudFest 2018 and Vision Maker Film Festival in April 2018.

Filmmakers receive one All Access pass to BSDFF including all screenings, DocShop sessions and special events and one All Access pass to AudFest and Vision Maker including all screenings, special events, and labs.

We are currently gathering additional prizes, sponsors, mentors and distribution outlets for the top films. Our goal is to advance the careers of emerging and established Native American filmmakers.

Meet the Jury


Forrest Goodluck Making his big screen debut, Forrest Goodluck appears opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson and Will Poulter in the award-winning epic, “The Revenant.” Goodluck was educated at The Bosque School in Albuquerque, NM and now has accepted his enrollment at Stanford University but is currently deferring to further his acting career. Goodluck is also a filmmaker and has been directing stage at age ten and by age 14 he became an award-winning film director. His short films, Sun Kink (2013), Malady’s Muddy Waters (2014) and Modern Indian (2015) have been awarded the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Class X Youth Winner. Goodluck is a member of the Diné, Mandan, Hidatsa and Tsimshian tribes.



Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is a film and television actress and filmmaker. She was born and raised on the Mohawk reservation, Kahnawake in Canada, which has shaped her passion for Indigenous rights activism and interest in politically-charged roles in film. Her debut leading role as Aila in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), resulted in Jacobs being nominated for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. She also won Best Performance in a Canadian Film at the 2016 Whistler Film Fest for her work in the feature film, the Sun at Midnight (2016) and has completed production on her third leading role in the feature film, The Road Behind (2018).



Shaandiin Tome, Diné, is a filmmaker born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Film and Digital Media Production. Shaandiin is an alumna of the 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship. As an aspiring new filmmaker, her experience ranges working in small roles to key positions in major motion pictures, documentaries, and independent films. In the past year, Shaandiin resided in Los Angeles, working on several productions, and learning more aboutindependent film by interning with the Institute. Shaandiin was granted the 2017 Native Filmmaker Lab Fellowship where she is finishing with production on her short film, Mud (Hasht?’ishnii).  She currently lives in Albuquerque, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.

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