2019 NOVA Student Film Festival – Call for Entries

Attention All Cinema majors

There will be a AFA in Cinema advising workshop on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2pm – 4pm. Come and be informed about the new degree. This session is for ALL declare AFA in Cinema majors as well as anyone who is interested to learn more about the degree. Please join us for a very informative session followed by Pizza 🙂

Where: NOVA Alexandria; Bisdorf Bldg., Room 196

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2pm-4pm



NOVA Alexandria Cinema and Environmental Science professors featured on NPR!

Films Without Walls gets national coverage! Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Professor of Cinema & Christine Bozarth, Professor of Environmental Science were featured on NPR, on the “With Good Reason” program. The interview was about the 2018 NOVA Student Film Festival – Films Without Walls series on climate change.

Last year Christine joined forces with Film Collaborative International (FCI), serving as an advisor on the topic of our yearly film production: Climate Change. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s theme. Below is the link to the interview.

NOVA Alexandria Alumna – Niia Atkins’ script “Sincerely, Token” was selected by the Northwest Screenwriters’ Guild for their annual showcase.

Our very own Niia Atkins, NOVA Alexandria Alumna visited today. Niia was one of the founding members of FCI. Her feature length script “Sincerely, Token” was selected by the Northwest Screenwriters’ Guild for their annual showcase.

Niia will fly back to Seattle to direct her film in March 2018. A producer signed on to the project after reading here script. Did I mention that she studied Screenwriting at NOVA Alexandria :-)! We wish you all the best Niia in your filmmaking journey! Keep making us proud!

FCI launches story idea competition. Open to ALL majors NOT just film students, ALL NOVA Students, ALL campuses welcome to participate. Click on flyer below for more information:

“What is Black” in cinema panel opening night of 1st annual DC Black Film Festival; was live streamed on facebook:


DCBFF Announces Special  Guests for The 1st ANNUAL DC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
August 17 – August 19, 2017


FREE filmmaker’s workshop: What Now? Ensuring Your Production Comes To Fruition In Post!

Don’t let your film get stuck in the can. This workshop will focus on how to plan past production to ensure your film will see the light of day. This workshop will be led by Executive Director of Black TV & Film Collective, Huriyyah Muhammad, and Publicist/Founder of Golden Life Ventures, Leslie Green. You won’t want to miss it. **NOTE: This is a free, ticketed event. Due to space limitations you must have a ticket to attend the workshop. Reserve your seat today!**

“What is Black?” DCBFF’s opening night film line-up includes films that analyze the black experience and will be followed by a panel discussion of the topic “What Is Black?” Panel discussion will be hosted by Districtly Speaking founder, Jonelle Henry. Panelists will include: Filmmaker Nadia Sasso (Am I the Film), The Black Reel Awards Founder Tim Gordon, and Filmmaker/Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher​.

“Making Black Lives Matter Through Film” Join us for our closing night film showcase, featuring films that remind us that black lives matter, and address topics such as police brutality, reform and mental health. Panel to follow hosted by DCBFF founder and Picture Lock film critic, Kevin Sampson. Panelists will include: Cinematographer of 13TH Hans Charles, Filmmaker Pearl Gluck (Junior – Short Film), Actress Elle Jae Stewart (Junior – Short Film), and “The Warrior Lawyer” J. Wyndal Gordon Esq.

More information visit

2017 NOVA Student Film Festival – film line up coming on line soon – please check back

Elena by Fernando Barrientos

2017 NSFF


Thursday, April 27, 2017

NOVA – Alexandria Campus

5000 Dawes Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311

Bisdorf Bldg., room 196

Event free and open to the public

Opening reception at 6pm

Films screening from 7pm-9pm

For more information contact:

Prof. Lucy Gebre-Egziabher


The Filmmakers Panel @ NoMa, Presented by YEP (Your Ethiopian Professionals)

The Filmmakers Panel @ NoMa, Presented by YEP (Your Ethiopian Professionals)

Thu, March 16, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
NoMa BID Lobby – DC – 1200 1st St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Event free but must register




Thursday, April 27, 2017

NOVA – Alexandria Campus

5000 Dawes Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311

Bisdorf Bldg., room 196

Event free and open to the public

Opening reception at 6pm

Films screening from 7pm-9pm

For more information contact:

Prof. Lucy Gebre-Egziabher



Support for Our Students

(a message from Dr. Scott Ralls – President of NOVA)

Dear NOVA Family:

I know many of you are concerned about the potential impact of the recent Presidential Executive Orders on our international students and their families.  There is also uncertainty over how potential future policies could impact our DACA students. NOVA is the ninth most internationally diverse institution of higher education in the nation and we sincerely care about our student population. We appreciate the breadth of diversity our students bring to our College. Together, we can take pride in being a part of an institution that expresses its values and demonstrates those values through daily actions. As a former international student, I know how a smile and expression of care can ease periods of anxiety. Like many of you, I am concerned how the political tenor and recent policy decisions are exacerbating the anxieties and fears of the students we care about.

I am proud of the many ways our international students uniquely contribute to NOVA and our community, making them better places. A few weeks ago, NOVA students from around the world who are members of the Consortium for Community College International Development gathered with their colleagues from other CCID community colleges to replant a historic arbor in the Glen Canyon National Park in Arizona. They were joined in symbolic support by CCID alumni from around the world who planted trees in their own homelands in recognition of their educational opportunities at NOVA and other CCID community colleges.

During this time of uncertainty which could impact our student population, I want to restate and emphasize our NOVA values which include an appreciation of our students’ differences and staff who collectively strengthen our institution with their diversity — race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and thought. We are an open-door institution and we welcome all students into our college community that is supportive of everyone who shares a common desire to learn and better their lives.  NOVA is ranked among our nation’s most diverse institutions of higher learning. We will continue to embrace the diversity that creates the vibrant learning community and makes us unique. We will strive to ensure a college community where every student thrives with a feeling of stability and safety, as we expressed in the goals of our current strategic planning effort.

We will be reaching out to our international students with a redoubling of support for those students who may be impacted by the travel bans of the Executive Order. In addition, we have been meeting with the leaders of our Dreamer students to find opportunities for additional campus support during this period of heightened anxiety.

We cannot control national policies that worry many of our students, but we can control the culture and values that make NOVA a beacon of hope and opportunity for so many students throughout our region and around the world.

Thank you for your support,


A Message from NOVA – Alexandria Faculty

Dr. Joseph Windham Series on Race Relations presents:

A panel discussion “Different Narratives and Perspectives in Mass Media”

Students’ Services – Keys to Success workshop series presents:

Final Exam – a film screening followed by discussion on “The Challenges of a student anywhere in the world”

Film screening & Discussion

Presentation on my Fulbright teaching Film in Ethiopia

Those who missed my presentation at NOVA – Alexandria, join me on Saturday, April 16th at an event sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church, open to the Alexandria community.

Fulbright presentation @ Peace


2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 7pm – 9pm

NOVA – Alexandria Campus – 5000 Dawes Avenue,
Bisdorf Bldg., room 196 
Alexandria, VA 22311-5097
Event free and open to the public

Presentation on my Fulbright Specialist program teaching film in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia October – December 2015

I am giving a presentation on my recent Fulbright Specialist Program; teaching Film Studies in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Fulbright presentation flyerThe presentation will be on Tuesday, March 1st during college hour, in Bisdorf, room 196 from 2pm-3pm, at NOVA Alexandria Campus.  I am giving this presentation primarily in order to encourage colleagues to apply for either the Fulbright Specialist program or the research program, depending on how much time you can devote.

If I could inspire one colleague to apply and go teach in a developing country, I will have done my job! Whether it is a short term program or a yearlong, we can make such a difference in parts of the world where education is not necessarily a given to all.

Peace & Blessings, Lucy G/E

To read the full report visit: Fulbright Final Report

My film students in Ethiopia made a documentary covering my Fulbright journey with them and handed it to me at the end of my trip as a gift! Watch the documentary 

Fall 2015 – Great news!

I am blessed and honored to have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. I will have the opportunity to teach and learn from this great experience. I will be teaching Film at Rift Valley University, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. I look forward to the experience. To read more on this, please visit: NOVA Professor selected as Fulbright Scholar

Press Release

NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF) Announces

New Community Partnerships

Alexandria, March 30, 2015:  NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF) announces new partnerships with community film organizations that have agreed to join its 2015 showcase.

Three established film festivals in the Washington, D.C. area, will join forces with the NSFF to highlight their respective “best of shows” from their festivals. The three new partners are: Alexandria Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival and DC Shorts Film Festival.

A yearly tribute to cinema, the Alexandria Film Festival presents feature-length films, documentaries, animation, and shorts by emerging and established filmmakers to an engaged audience seeking new or rarely seen films.

The mission of the Alexandria Film Festival is to promote cinema as an important cultural and educational asset and market Alexandria as a dynamic venue for creating, exhibiting and experiencing film ( )

Rosebud Film & Video Festival has worked to recognize and honor the innovative, unusual, experimental and deeply personal in regional film and video making, and to provide audiences with the finest in locally-produced, contemporary work.

Open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia media artists, the festival awards large cash prizes, valuable products and services, as well as theatrical and cable television showcases to this area’s deserving film and video creators, providing them with many opportunities for artistic growth and professional exposure (

Since 2003, DC Shorts Film Festival has showcased a world-class collection of independent short films to diverse and enthusiastic audiences.  In 2006, the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit arts organization, was created to present the DC Shorts Film Festival, and offer other programs and resources for Washington, D.C.-based filmmakers. The Alliance helped to bridge the gap between other area film organizations, fostered a community for regional film festival directors and sponsored monthly salons to educate filmmakers at all levels.

The festival has been named the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine and it is a three-time winner of the Washington City Paper’s “Coolest Short Film Festival” contest/award (

NOVA – Alexandria film students will benefit  from these partnerships. Screening films made by independent filmmakers from around the world will inspire our students to aim high in their storytelling and production. Furthermore, these partnerships offer internship/volunteer work opportunities that will provide our students with much needed “outside the classroom” experience. They will learn, build their resumes and aim for higher quality filmmaking! Additionally, many of our partners, as is true for many art organizations, have limited resources to put together top quality community events. This collaboration allows them to use the work of  NOVA students. It’s a win-win partnership!

The NOVA Student Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015 on the Alexandria Campus – Bisdorf Bldg., room 196; from 6pm – 9pm. The festival is open to the general public and admission is free.

For more information about the NOVA Student Film Festival, please visit our site: or contact Prof. Lucy Gebre-Egziabher via or via phone 703-845-6297

Community Outreach: Forging new Partnerships

DC Shorts partners with NSFF

More Exciting news! DC Shorts Film Festival Joins NOVA Student Film Festival in 2015. The festival has been named as the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine and it is a three-time winner of the Washington City Paper’s “Coolest Short Film Festival” contest/award.

New partner added to the NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF)!

Rosebud Film & Video Festival, a festival that has been around the DMV area since 1990, has joined NOVA Student Film Festival this year.  Rosebud will feature its “best of show”, short films from its 2015 film line-up. Welcome Rosebud to our village!!!!

Spring 2015 – Alexandria Film Festival partners with NSFF

In an effort to cultivate relations with community art organizations and to create training/internship opportunities for our film students, I am happy to announce that Alexandria Film Festival is partnering with NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF) this year.  2015 NSFF will feature “best of show”, short films from the 2014 Alexandria Film Festival,  where our film students served as pre-screeners for the festival.

Fall 2014 – Alexandria Film students served as pre-screeners for the 2014 Alexandria Film Festival.

An exciting opportunity for our film students:  Alexandria film students were assigned 5-6 films submitted to the festival. They had to put to use what they learned in the classroom: watch every film with a critical eye, critique and score them.  Students who took part in the experience got a chance to watch films submitted from around the world. This is definitely an experience that we will develop more with the blessing of the Alexandria Film Festival! Thank you on behalf of our students, for a great experience!

Spring 2014 – Alexandria Students Film Productions