NOVA Student Film Festival

To enter your film please read submission details below

Call for Entry

2017 NOVA Student Film Festival

Submissions details:

Films not more than 15 minutes 

Scripts not more than 5 pages

Submission deadline: Friday, April 14th at 5pm

fill out entry form below and email it signed by deadline to:

2017 NSFF entry form

Send your film via to

For more information contact: Prof. Lucy G/E * phone: 703-845-6297


Film festival lineup is now available online

(click here for 2016 Film Festival Program)

This year the festival was comprised of films made by NOVA film students AND film students in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian films in context…

This year the festival showcased films from NOVA students and from films students in Ethiopia. Gender Gift, Arogew Genzeb & Bithonis were made by women that took Prof. Lucy’s Screenwriting workshop “Telling Herstory”, that was part of a campaign launched by the US Embassy in Ethiopia to raise awareness against gender based violence (GBV). Participants in this workshop had to treat a GBV theme in their scripts.  The 3 finalists scripts were made into these short films.

Qanafaa & Ye Goma Werat were films made by students from Prof. Lucy’s recent Fulbright Specialist Program in Addis Abeba (October – December 2015). Once the intensive short term training program was completed in the classroom, students had a “from script to screen” workshop, a practical application were they flexed their filmmaking muscles 🙂 These were 2 out of the 4 films that were made.

2016 Film Festival Program

2016 Film Festival in review…

a review by Prof. Meredith Aquila


The 3rd Annual NOVA Film Festival was hosted by Professor Lucy Gebre Egziabher on April 4 web
29, 2016 on the Alexandria campus. The Festival brought together students, employees, and community members to the screening of films in a variety of genres. Students had the opportunity to showcase their work in which they worked as scriptwriters, actors, directors, producers, sound/light technicians, and editors.

The 3rd Annual NOVA Student Film Festival demonstrated the growth in variety and quality of films it featured. The films covered a wide variety from narrative to experimental films. The scripts also treated timely social and political issues on immigration and gender inequality, among others.

audience shot2The centerpiece of the NOVA Film Festival was one that explored a parallel of student life in Ethiopia and the US. This narrative short film, entitled, “Final Exam” was a joint production of her students in Ethiopia and those at NOVA, Alexandria campus through Professor Lucy’s Film Collaborative International.

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The audience was captivated throughout the screening of the films, and had the opportunity to view the works of Ethiopian students, whom Professor Lucy had taught during her recent Fulbright Scholarship in Addis Ababa (October-December 2015). A video recorded message from the Ethiopian student filmmakers added a special flavor to the event. The audience engaged with the NOVA students, during the Q&A session, by asking student filmmakers Q&Aquestions and giving them feedback. The student filmmakers were able to share their insight into their artistic choices, challenges, and triumphs and this gave the Festival a platform for an informative and intimate encounter between students and audience.

Films from the 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival are now available online ( Please save the date for the 4th Annual Student Festival will be held April 27, 2017 and NOVA students from all campuses are invited to submit their original works for consideration.

For more information, please contact Prof. Lucy Gebre-Egziabher: Email: or 703-845-6297

Meredith S. H. Aquila is a Professor in the Communication Studies and Theatre (CST) Department at the NOVA Alexandria Campus


Friday, April 29th from 6pm -9pm. Opening reception at 6pm. Event free and open to the public:
NOVA Alexandria – 5000 Dawes Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311 – Bisdorf Bldg. Room 196
Our 3rd annual NOVA Student Film Festival will highlight students’ films from NOVA AND Ethiopia!
Please do not miss this event:
5 shorts films from Ethiopia, from my Fulbright program and from US Embassy in Ethiopia “Telling Herstory” Screenwriting workshop, will be featured:
“Betehonis” by Azeb Worku
“Gender’s Gift” by Meaza Hadera
“Arogew Genzeb” by Serkadis Megabiyaw
“Qanafaa” By Bayisa Tura (Romeo) & Sagni Dibisa
“We Goma Werat” by Michael Shemelis
The highlight of the festival will be a collaborative film project made by film students from the NOVA Alexandria campus, Film Collaborative International, and the Ethiopian New Wave Filmmakers, my students from the Fulbright program in Ethiopia.

2016 NSFF

2016 NSFF

2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 6pm – 9pm

opening reception at 6pm

NOVA – Alexandria Campus – 5000 Dawes Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311

Bisdorf Bldg., room 196

Our 3rd annual festival will highlight 5 short films from Prof. Lucy’s film students in Ethiopia; from both the Fulbright Specialist program as well as from the “Telling Herstory” screenwriting workshop delivered at the US Embassy in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

event free and open to the public


Submission deadline extended for 

2016 NOVA Film Festival

Send your film via to


Submit your entry form to:


Friday, April 15, 2016 (final extension) by 5pm

2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

Friday, April 29, 2016 – opening reception at 6pm

NOVA – Alexandria Campus – Bisdorf Bldg., room 196

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2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

Call for entries

Please submit your short films (up to 15 minutes long); your scripts (5 minutes)
New section added for the Ethiopian New Wave Filmmakers
Deadline for submission 
April 11, 2016
For more information please check out our promo video

All entries must be submitted with
a 2016 NSFF entry form 
 (detailed submission information on the entry form)
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a review by Prof. Meredith Aquila

Students and professionals came together Friday, May 1, 2015 at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria campus to share the fruits of their labor at the 2nd Annual NOVA Student Film Festival. An audience made up of NOVA students, friends and family as well as faculty, staff and Alexandria community members, turned out and enjoyed a festive spread with the opening reception followed by a night of screenings, thanks to the hard work and hospitality of Filmmaker and Professor, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher. “Professor Lucy G/E” as she’s known by her students, screened 10 film made by NOVA students, ranging from gritty documentaries and dramas to surreal experimental shorts. The festival also showcased the “best of shows” from three local film festivals: the Alexandria Film Festival, Rosebud Film and Video Festival, and DC Shorts Film Festival. Representing new partnerships with the college, the participation of these three professional festivals gave students the chance to see the work of some of the area’s top writers, directors, and producers, while learning more about their craft. Those who attended marveled at the level of expertise shown; some viewers occasionally mistook a student film for one of the professional ones! One thing was obvious to all in attendance however: the 3RD annual Student Film Festival is not to be missed!

Meredith S. H. Aquila is a Professor in the Communication Studies and Theatre (CST) Department at the NOVA Alexandria Campus

To watch our students films online click here:  2015 NSFF


2015  NOVA Student Film Festival is proud to feature “best of shows” from 3 established film festivals in the DMV area:

 Alexandria Film Festival

Rosebud Film & Video Film Festival

DC Shorts Film Festival

join us 

on Friday, May 1 2015

at the Alexandria Campus – in Bisdorf Bldg., room 196

from  5:45pm – 9pm

Opening Reception at 5:45pm followed by program

Free admission and open to the public

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the 2nd Annual NOVA Student Film Festival

Call for entries

is now open

Please submit your short films (up to 15 minutes long); your scripts (5 minutes)

New section for  Virginia High School Students

Deadline for submission 

April 15, 2015

For more information please check out our promo video

All entries must be submitted with

2015 NSFF entry form

 (detailed submission information on the entry form)

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2015 NOVA Student Film Festival

SAVE the Date:

Friday, May 1st 2015

1st Annual NOVA Student Film Festival (May 2014) in review 

by Merideth Aquila (Professor, Communications Studies & Theatre Department)

Family, friends and fans of Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher’s film students got a treat last week when NOVA hosted its first annual Student Film Festival on May 1st 2014.

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The festival started with the presentation of awards and was followed by film screenings and script readings.  

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The festival featured short films, experimental films, music videos, the film that was shot for last year’s 48 Hour film project and a “making of” documentary, all created by NOVA Alexandria film students. The audience got an additional treat with script readings of select scripts written by screenwriting students.

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In addition to seeing the results of Professor Lucy’s coursework and club activities, visitors had the chance to engage the student filmmakers in Q&A sessions and hear about their creative process.

Several faculty and staff members attended the event to show their support, and were impressed by the quality and variety of the submissions. It was clear that Professor Lucy’s emphasis on creative collaboration has been taken to heart by her students, who gained valuable, hands-on experience in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and acting.

Reviewer – Professor Meredith Aquila


the 1st Annual NOVA Student Film Festival – Alexandria is

Coming to a theatre near you on May 1st 2014

Alexandria Campus – Bisdorf Bldg., room 196 – 6pm – 9pm

SAVE THE DATE! More information will be posted! Stay tuned!

To enter your film in the film festival please download entry form below and submit it with a preview DVD of your film and a short typed synopsis, by April 17th 2014 by 5pm. 

Drop off your entry at NOVA – Alexandria Campus – Tyler bldg., Room 226 – CST Department 

NOVA film festival entry form