Vision Maker Media

A nonprofit organization

48 donors

We’ve been a part of your community for 40 years, showcasing Native films and hosting filmmakers in Lincoln.


Your support allows us to continue to bring Indigenous stories to the forefront of public dialogue in Lincoln by hosting a festival featuring films by and about Native Americans. Together we can help facilitate change in our community through the art of film.

Founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, 40 years ago, our home is in the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) building in the northeast part of the city. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.


Please help us make our biennial Vision Maker Film Festival a success! Donate today!

Past Film Festival comments:

“As a kid who grew up on the Rez, it means a lot to see this on the screen.”

“It gave me a new perspective on myself as an American non-Native.”

“I will use this in my classroom to discuss Native issues.”


The upcoming Vision Maker Film Festival will bring the best of Indigenous feature, documentary and short films to Lincoln, Nebraska. The seventh biennial Festival will be the biggest Festival yet, promoting Indigenous culture to provide positive impact on Lincoln; provide educational opportunities that benefit teachers, students and the general public; and provide an opportunity for the community to interact with positive Indigenous role models. 

In our 2016 festival in March, we showcased 21 Indigenous films, hosted 5 Q&A events, developed a 11-member local planning committee, presented 12 Indigenous filmmakers, actors/talents, and hosted the world premiere of “Medicine Woman” the one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, featuring historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.


“The media is a powerful tool that can be used for good. Stories of hope and overcoming adversity can shine light in dark places. The Vision Maker Film Festival brings these stories to Lincoln to show that our cultures are thriving—all across the country!”
– Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Sicangu Lakota)

Our mission is to empower and engage Native People to tell stories.




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Vision Maker Media

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Arts & Culture


1800 N 33RD ST