PALM SPRINGS, CA—Now in its fifteenth season, Native FilmFest presented by Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Tuesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 6 is one of the most highly regarded festivals of its kind ̶ showcasing the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples. Guest Programmer Elizabeth Weatherford is Director and Founder of the Film and Video Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum founded in 1991, admission to the 2016 Native FilmFest will be free – a special thank you for the community support given to the Museum over the past quarter century. The cost of providing the complimentary tickets this year has been underwritten by two members of the Board of Directors who requested that their sponsorship gifts be used for this purpose.

The festival will be held at Camelot Theatres, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760.325.6565). The free tickets required for admission to each screening are available at Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6 screening of “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis” and the North American Indians will be at the Annenberg Theater of Palm Springs Art Museum. Following the screening, there will be a complimentary reception and an opportunity to view the exhibition Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks at the museum. Tickets for this closing event of the festival are available at Camelot Theatres, and also at the Annenberg Theater Box Office at 101 North Museum Drive in downtown Palm Springs.

“We are pleased to partner with our colleagues at Palm Springs Art Museum for this closing film of the 2016 Native FilmFest,” said Michael Hammond, Ph.D., Executive Director of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

Guest Programmer Elizabeth Weatherford & Executive Director Michael Hammond Ph.D.
Guest Programmer Elizabeth Weatherford & Executive Director Michael Hammond Ph.D.

Ticket availability for all festival screenings is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

“In 2016, the art of Indigenous storytelling in film has never been more interesting and diverse,” commented Guest Programmer Elizabeth Weatherford. “This year, Native FilmFest features films from outstanding directors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Venezuela. The range of stories throughout this festival is wide, and it’s worthwhile noting that strong production support by such organizations as Sundance Institute, the Sámi Film Centre and Igloolik Isuma Productions are basic to this diversity and quality.”

Additional Native FilmFest information, including the screening schedule, film synopses, and film trailers, is available at For other inquiries, e-mail or call (760) 833-8169.

Written By Steve Sharp Agua Caliente Cultural Museum