Cultivating creative & economic opportunities for LA storytellers since 1972


After 43 years of operation, NOVAC is the longest continuously running media-arts 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Southeastern US. We have a mission to cultivate a sustainable film community by providing access to resources, education and locally generated content. NOVAC accomplishes this mission through education, career development, community outreach, independent productions, and special events.

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Upcoming Events


NOVAC’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable local film community, and we work hard to put the community in that equation. We produce networking events, conferences, meetups and more, designed to bring together the local film community with the goal of making more.

Events Calendar
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    Intro to Lighting with Abe Felix

    NOVAC, in partnership with the Baton Rouge Office of Community Development, is providing 2 days of in-depth training to locals looking to learn different lighting techniques for film production. The class will be hosted at the Creative Bloc and taught by local director & DP,......

  • retroperspective

    Retroperspective, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Documentary Festival

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center, presents the second annual RETROPERSPECTIVE, a documentary showcase featuring the best in documentaries by and about southern Louisiana, with classic feature-length films paired with upcoming works-in-progress by current New......

  • Editing 101 with Brent Joseph

    April 1 – 2 Editing 101 will be a two-day workshop where participants will learn how to use Adobe’s Premiere Pro software to edit narrative & documentary films. The class time with be divided into four parts. Brief introduction to editing theory and style. Overview of......

BetteR Documentary Project


BetteR, a documentary web series produced by NOVAC with support from the Foundation for Louisiana, highlights groups and individuals in the Baton Rouge community that are promoting healing and unity in the aftermath of the events of the summer of 2016.

Featured NOVAC Sponsored Projects


Are you interested in becoming a NOVAC sponsor?

We welcome your sponsorship interest. Please contact Darcy McKinnon for more information.

  • tourist


    a short film by Paavo Hanninen   ‘Tourist’ is a short film that tells the story of Martha, A British woman who travels to New Orleans to escape mounting family pressure back home in the wake of her mother’s recent passing. While searching for human......

  • Animals

    a documentary by Benjamin Simmons   Animals is a love story about a shoe. It is set in New Orleans in the early 90s and tells the tale of inner city kids re-appropriating high-end fashion to meet their wants and needs. This entertaining story is......

  • Roots of Fire

    by Abby Berendt Lavoi and Jeremy Lavoi   Roots of Fire is a documentary film and digital series that explores Louisiana French Music as it pushes into the future. The film will spotlight breakout artists who are creating music rooted in Louisiana French, as they......

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We’re a membership-based organization, which means we exist to serve our diverse community of filmmakers, film students, film workers and film lovers. We’re proud of the work our members do, and work to provide the best and brightest in technology, talent and expertise year-round, so that our local filmmaking community continues to thrive and grow.


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