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"The Indian Capital of the World"

Gallup is enriched by the cultures of numerous First Nations, including Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and Laguna Pueblo and Navajo people as well as Latin American communities. The city boasts vibrant native arts, ceremonies, jewelry and cuisine representing its blend of cultures. The land surrounding Gallup holds many mysteries and adventures as well, from the High Desert Trail System and the Mentmore Rock Climbing area to sacred Mt. Taylor and the Church Rock Trail.

Te Ata

Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.

Gallup Film Festival provides its sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility. Levels of sponsorship provide varying levels of promotion, all of which are designed to afford the corporation maximum visibility both at the festival, press releases and the print program.

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Do you have a love for film and want to help a great organization? We are in need of volunteers to help us prepare for the 2016 Gallup Film Festival. As a volunteer, you’ll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in such varied departments as registration, theater operations, conference, hospitality and transportation, all while working with a wonderful staff. 


2016 Gallup Film Festival Sponsors

207 W. Coal Avenue | Gallup, NM 87301

This theatre opened in 1928 with a seating capacity of 493 and has a Spanish Colonial style exterior. The El Morro Theatre was restored in 1991. It is currently owned by the city of Gallup, and it features performing arts as well as second-run movies.

Nemo Hádéíst'íí'

Presented by the Navajo Nation Museum

"Finding Nemo" is the second film to be dubbed in Navajo, the indigenous language spoken by members of the Navajo Nation. A joint effort between the Navajo Nation Museum and The Walt Disney Studios, the translation has been in the works for more than a year, said Navajo Nation Museum Director Manuelito Wheeler. Known in Navajo as Nemo Hádéést'į́į́', it's part of a larger cultural initiative to keep the native language alive through film, following the success of the 2013 translation of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope."

In addition to an extensive schedule of entertainment, film screenings and activities at Gallup Film Festival, there will be a great variety of unique and interesting goods for sale at several locations throughout the site.  Each year Gallup Film Festival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors.