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The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is proud to present the California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival.


California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) offers audiences in Southern California the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.


The CAIIFF, located in Southern California, is in an area that is home to the largest number of Indian reservations in the region and we are able to reach unprecedented numbers of tribal people and the surrounding community. The festival offers an event that promises not only exclusive viewings, but includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening.

“It's a good day to be indigenous.”

– Randy Peone (Smoke Signals)


Our mission is to foster collaborative research and community service relationships between the faculty, staff, and students of CSU San Marcos and members of Tribal communities, for the purposes of developing and conducting research projects which support the maintenance of sovereignty and culture within those communities. Please visit the CICSC website for more information about us.

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