Years running: 6 (since 2013)

NOFI, World Festival of Student & Non-commercial Films

International Festival of Student and Non-commercial Films.


The NOFI festival unites students from film institutes, film club members and independent filmmakers from around the world. Our festival helps expose new and talented directors and producers, cameramen and script writers and gives them an opportunity to present their names in motion pictures studios and be discovered in the film industry. NOFI festival is put together with the help and support of film institutes , film clubs, non-commercial film organizations and Union of Cinematographers from different countries.


Winners will be offered a slot in the NOFI program where they will have the opportunity to shoot in Los Angeles with up to $50000 and more of pre-production and filming costs compensated by the program. 


  • Golden NOFI - Grand Prix for the best film of festival 
  • Golden NOFI for the best student film 
  • Golden NOFI for the best professional film 
  • Golden NOFI for the best non-professional film 
  • Golden NOFI for the best documentary 
  • Golden NOFI for the best animation 
  • Golden NOFI for the best experimental film & best mobile film.


  • he films presented in the competition can be fiction, documentaries, experimental and animated.
  • Films can be submitted from the film institutes, film clubs, film funds & organizations and film festivals or individually.

For the preselection of films for the festival, films should be sent electronically by Vimeo (with password), Dropbox, Wetransfer or Youtube; along with completed applications and 2-3 photos from the film in the JPEG standard, which should be emailed to Pay entry fees.

Selection Media Type: Mp4, H 264 and secure online screener

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Art Hovanessian - Founder and Director of NOFI festival.



United States
Los Angeles

Official website



Center of American Non-commercial Cinema & Arts 
1616 Victory blvd #202, Glendale, Ca 91201, USA


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    May 09, 2016
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 31, 2016
  • Regular Deadline
    November 30, 2016
  • Late Deadline
    January 31, 2017
  • Notifications
    February 07, 2017
  • Event dates
    15 — 17 March 2017
Categories & Fees

Films made by non-professional director/producer , professional or amateur actors, cinematographer, editor and crew (feature and short).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $15
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $25

made by students of film schools, film institutes, film universities, film colleges.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20

Films made by film industry professionals.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
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