Great expansion has come to The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (The NOVA Fest) in its fourth 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 have expanded with the addition of a film market!

CAPITAL FILM MARKET will work 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 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 2011 to February 2018 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 26, 2018.

All presentation materials for the Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival must arrive in Virginia no later than March 12, 2018 (post marked by March 04, 2018). 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
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    Matthew Lucas

    Fernando and his team were a real pleasure to work with at this fest. Very supportive, great communication, excellent venue, and just a lot of fun! Very grateful to have been a part of it and hope to screen with them again in the future.

    October 2017
  • Having had the honor, two years in a row, of having two of my screenplays accepted (and win!) in The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, I can say that this is one festival not to be missed! The fabulous professional festival team, the gorgeous theatre center and immediate surrounding area, the beautiful host hotel (do stay there), and its location in the heart of historic Virginia and only an Uber or Metro rail ride to the museums and landmarks found in Washington D.C., all made NOVA an exceptional overall experience. I hope to be return to NOVA again and again!

    July 2017
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    Charles Pelletier

    Words can not describe how grateful WE are to Fernando Mico and his wonderful Nova Fest! The entire showcase was a success from the word go! Highly organized and full of so much indie festival vibe! If you are looking for a great festival to showcase your film and a believer in talent, look no further. Submit your projects coz Fernando cares!

    June 2017
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    Todd Selleck

    I think if other festivals/competitions are serious about being successful they should take notes from NOVA. Fernando and his team are professional, caring and encouraging. This is a first class event which happens to give each participant the opportunity to become part of the NOVA Family, and the family keeps getting bigger and bigger. Everybody, and everything about NOVA is five stars.

    May 2017
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    Joey Fama

    This is a festival I attend every year. The venue is beautiful, the organizers are very helpful and the awards ceremony is a lot of fun and a great place to network. As a short screenwriter I find this to be a great festival and was lucky enough to meet a producer here who picked up my short screenplay. Overall, a great festival!

    May 2017