Great expansion has come to The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (The NOVA Fest) in its fifth season! After hosting several hundred films from over 30 countries, branching out into two satellite film festivals in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and adding a Music Festival, we are continuing our highly successful film market!

CAPITAL FILM MARKET works in conjunction with The NOVA Fest and the Virginia Film Office to bring sales agents, more domestic & international film offices and buyers from around the globe, searching for and buying new content. In this new media age CAPITAL fully embraces and offers an environment to sell content to platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google play and on and on.

Seminars, panels, receptions and party after party, lead up to an elaborate Oscar-style Awards Ceremony held at the Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia, home of the beautiful Angelika Film Center! Welcome to the biggest festival and market of its kind in the United States of America!

Award winners receive Oscar-Caliber trophies at our Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.

We are accepting submissions for feature and short Narrative, Documentary, Screenplays, Music Videos and Art & Design. Shorts will play prior to a feature or in a shorts program. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.

All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker or screenwriter. Productions produced from January 2012 to January 2019 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. All films must be submitted on DVD (Region 1) or available online via FilmFreeway for consideration by the Selection Committee.

All disc entries must be sent to the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival. Videos and DVDs submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE. Films selected for the NOVA Fest will be announced no later than February 04, 2019.

All presentation materials for the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival must arrive in Virginia no later than February 5, 2019 (post marked by January 22, 2019). Please notify us by mail, fax or email of any address changes.

The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, film accepted, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that the NOVA International Film & Music Festival may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or the NOVA Fest Event via print, web and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

If 'Nominated', presence at the Awards Ceremony is NOT required to Win. However, presence at the Awards Ceremony IS required to receive your trophy.

Overall Rating
  • Neil Chase

    Fantastic festival! Highly recommended for all filmmakers and writers!

    April 2018
  • Alex Hawthorne

    It was an amazing film festival! The staff and the venue were so welcoming! I got a chance to meet a lot of other amazing artists! And the local restaurants and shops were so kind! I can't wait to go back!

    April 2018
  • Bill Baber

    Thanks for a great festival and Film Market!
    We look forward to coming back next year!

    April 2018
  • Robert Burnett

    The NOVA Fest is a terrific festival and are a wonderful team. They are responsive and helpful when it comes to the millions of questions we filmmakers have about logistics, screenings, etc. The Angelika Mosaic is one of the nicer theaters in the DC region; a great place to host the festival.

    April 2018
  • Bridget Bell McMahon

    Fernando, Matt and the entire NOVA team were wonderful. The screenings, events, panels and gatherings were fun, informative, timely and well worth the trip. The Oscars should take a lesson from the incredibly efficient award presentation ceremony. Networking opportunities have already borne fruit and I look forward to next year's festival.

    April 2018