I was wondering how certain films and roles won FAITA awards this year and other didn't. Here's the answer from one of FAITA's trustees: They're volunteers and don't have the resources to seek out every Native film. I gather they rely on whatever is submitted to them.
Which is unfortunate if you ask me. As readers of this blog know, the information is out there. Spend a minute here each day and you'll undoubtedly hear about the significant Native-themed movies and TV shows. Then all you have to do is e-mail the producers and request a submission.
The actual process requires the filmmakers to do all the work without giving them a clue how to proceed. Okay...so now we know. Filmmakers, if you want your 2008 films to be considered for a FAITA award, send a DVD or videotape by September 30 to:
First Americans in the Arts
Post Office Box 17780
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
Tel: (310) 270-5388
Fax: (800) 708-7561
We're talking about feature-length films that have appeared in theaters, of course. FAITA doesn't cover documentaries, short films, or videos.
That's all you have to do, apparently. So get with it.
For more on the subject, see First Americans in the Arts.