Film students in the Communications & Theatre Department at Northern Virginia Community College will present selected films they’ve created during the 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Bisdorf Building, Room 196 at the Alexandria Campus.
This will be the third year of the NOVA Student Film Festival, which allows students to use the skills they’ve learned about producing and presenting a film. In previous years, the festival has partnered with other local film festivals including the D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Alexandria Film Festival and Rosebud Film & Video Festival. This year, the 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival partners with D.C. Shorts Film Festival. Organizer and Film Studies Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher said this event will give students the opportunity to show their films to an audience and answer questions from viewers after each screening.
Gebre-Egziabher’s students embarked on a unique collaborative journey for this year’s festival. After teaching film studies in her home country Ethiopia in fall 2015, Gebre-Egziabher arranged for her students in Ethiopia – who are calling themselves the Ethiopian New Wave Filmmakers – to collaborate on a film with her NOVA students. The film, created by students from different parts of the globe, will also screen at the 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival.
The film festival is free and open to the public and a reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. before the screening of the films. For more information, visit Gebre-Egziabher’s faculty blog.
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