Great expansion has come to The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (The NOVA Fest) in its eighth season! After hosting several hundred films from over 30 countries, and celebrating industry leaders like Eduardo Sanchez of The Blaire Witch Project, Michael Uslan, the executive producer of JOKER and all modern BATMAN films and Russell Williams II, the first African-American to win back to back Academy Awards for his work on Glory and Dances With Wolves, we are also continuing our highly successful film market!

The CAPITAL FILM MARKET works in conjunction with The NOVA Fest and the Virginia Film Office to bring sales agents, domestic & international film offices and buyers from around the globe, searching for and buying new content. In the age of new media 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!

*Unprecedented times require unprecedented action. Just like on set, we're having to improvise when forces beyond our control impose themselves. 2022 and the immediate future will be a continuous course correction.

Please stay tuned for any updates. We will do our best to maintain as much stability, as we have control over. Thank you for your patience and understanding. As always, we will make every decision based on what is best for our artists.

Please be well during these incredibly provocative times!

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We are producing a full on, live film festival and awards ceremony. HOWEVER, we are susceptible to country, state and local laws, which enforce specific, gathering guidelines. To that end, circumstances beyond our control include venue policy and protocol, and insurance limitations.

For the year 2022 and for the foreseeable future, we will be producing both a virtual and live event. Please understand, before submitting, that with little to no notification, we may have to change presentation formats.

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

We are accepting submissions for feature and short Narrative, Documentary, Screenplays, Teleplays, 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 2014 to January 2022 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 March 04, 2022.

All presentation materials for the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival must arrive in Virginia no later than February 08, 2022 (post marked by February 08, 2022). 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 Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival and F.A.M.E related entities may use content (film, trailers, art, marketing collateral) 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 and F.A.M.E. related entities, 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
  • The NOVA Fest is a very good film festival every years!
    This time my film won one award.
    And when we talked about it, the festival team was very quick and polite.
    Film Festival team also supports very heartwarming.
    They constantly supported me by e-mail.
    I am very grateful for their support.
    I would love to enter again next time!

    June 2021
  • ELIZA Kelley

    The NOVA Fest Film Market provided such great opportunities for networking and information gathering, even in a virtual setting. In fact, the virtual setting might have opened even more doors and communication with the presenters. Overall a wonderful experience!

    June 2021

  • What delightful festival!

    We’ll definitely be back with future projects.

    Highly recommend.

    June 2021
  • Tyler Berns

    A terrifically run festival, and I appreciate the care they show to filmmakers and producers.

    May 2021
  • Caroline Rovello

    Honored. Grateful... Concertmistress and 38 Days - both Official selections ... Concertmistress, nominated for Best Drama (over 20 pages) ... and recognized for my writing, as one of 3 Nominees of the Harold L. Brown, Award For Excellence - first time writer ... Communications from Fernando Mico , so helpful - Thank you! . Film entries, impressive ... Bravos to all - NOVA encouraged me to improve my screenplays - and yes, I did just that ...

    May 2021