Rules & Terms

Please read carefully the rules and terms; violation of any of these terms will disqualify your submission.

  • This is a short-films festival; submissions cannot exceed 10 mins (including credits).
  • US submissions, must be a NOVA student, a NOVA Alum or invited to submit in the “Films Without Walls” section.
  • Festival is open to students from all disciplines and not just film students.
  • International submissions, must be a film student currently enrolled in certificate or degree program.
  • Film students from around the world are also invited to submit their films for consideration in the “Films Without Walls” section of our festival based on the yearly theme.
  • All submissions in a language other than English should be fully subtitled in English.
  • All submissions must have industry standard opening and end credits (please research this if you are not familiar with it).
  • Films must be submitted by the Director or the Producer.
  • Film submissions are considered complete for consideration ONLY IF ALL information requested are provided at submission time. Missing information in your submission form will be cause for disqualification.
  • NOVA Student Film Festival International is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
  • NOVA Student Film Festival International is hereby granted the rights to screen selected films in its traveling film festival at partnering academic institutions and/or film festivals around the world.
  • NOVA Student Film Festival International is hereby granted the rights to upload on its YouTube channel films selected for and screened at its festival.
  • By submitting, you certify that you have the rights to commit the film to NOVA Student Film Festival public screenings and for festival promotions, should it be selected.
  • By submitting, you affirm that any and all issues of copyright pertaining to any imagery or music contained in the submitted film have been properly cleared for use.
  • All films submitted for 2020 Festival consideration must have been completed in either 2018 or 2019.
  • If selected, you must make your film available to festival in format that will be communicated in your selection announcement.
  • Only 1 submission per student is allowed.