Call for Entries

17th Annual 2018 iVIE Student Awards & Film Festival


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Eligible:  All K-12 Students in San Diego County
Cost: $5 per entry
Prizes:  Over $5,000 in Sony video equipment to be awarded!
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DEADLINE TO ENTER:  April 19, 2019

Each entry must be sponsored by an adult (teacher, parent, guardian, extra-curricular adviser, etc.). Projects can be submitted on behalf of a classroom, class project, or individual student. All communication will be sent to the sponsoring adult responsible for the entry. For each entry you will need to state the instructional objectives and/or standards addressed by the project.

For every classroom project, please submit only the “best” one to iVIE for consideration. In other words, if your students are creating similar projects on photosynthesis, please submit only one project to iVIE 2019.

Enter a project only once. Submissions may not have been entered previously  to  the  iVIE Festival. The iVIE Awards are limited to amateur video endeavors of students and teachers. Videos commissioned for profit may not be entered.

This is a student film competition. It is accepted that primary grade teachers will be very involved in video production and editing, however it is expected that students participate in all parts of the process. At the intermediate and secondary levels, it is expected that students create the video with teacher guidance and approval only.

Save a complete, high-resolution copy of your project, as this is required for all nominated projects. Entries must represent work that was completed after April 2018 of the previous year and up until the upcoming April 19, 2019 deadline. See time limits per entry category below.

Please be sure you have permission on file for all of the students featured in your project. It will be your responsibility to upload forms releasing student likeness with submission.  Click here to access the forms

Entries will be judged with respect to their specific grade level. The grade level groupings include: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. There will be one winning entry per age group per category. Once again iVIE will encourage students to explore different genres and themes via the many award categories.

This year’s CATEGORIES for the 2017 iVIE Awards & Film Festival include:

  • Cross Curricular

     Videos that connect to any portion of the K-12 curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to: Humanities. Help others understand our world through history, literature, religion, language, art, music, and philosophy. Or, STEAM. A film whose theme illustrates the real-world contexts of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

  • Public Service Announcement

     A 30-60 second video that raises public awareness around any issue of your choosing. Issues can vary, but we suggest themes such as the Environment or Digital Citizenship: Thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly in our digital world. Topics may include: a) digital footprints, b) internet safety, c) effective searching and sourcing. d) cyberbullying, & e) and many more. Resources on Digital Citizenship can be found at Common Sense Media. 60 seconds or less.

  • How-to

    Inspire others and give them the skills to teach, fix, solve, make, cook, and more. 3 minutes or less.

  • Global Village

    Tell a story celebrating San Diego County’s rich diversity. Videos can be bilingual and/or can tell a story in a language other than English that illustrates a unique aspect of the culture/community where that language is spoken. (Must be subtitled in English). 3 minutes or less.

  • News Program

    Gathering, processing, and disseminating news and information related to an audience. Please submit only the segment you want judged. 3 minutes or less.

  • Documentary

     Use video, pictures, or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report. 5 minutes or less.

  • Special Categories

    Once again in 2017, we will also be offering awards for films in a special category thanks to our sponsor, the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department. Films in this category can be in any genre as long as the topic is clearly addressed: PSA, documentary, how to, broadcast journalism, narrative, or other video styles are acceptable. Note: more “Special Categories” to be announced soon! Videos in this category must be 3 minutes or less.

  • Environmental Services Department Zero Waste

    The City of San Diego has set a goal to keep 75% of all materials out of the landfill by 2020 and reach Zero Waste by 2040. Make a video that redefines the way we use our resources so that nothing is wasted. Reflect on what you and other San Diegans can do to reduce the amount of waste produced and keep materials out of the landfill. Topics could include, but are not limited to: a) Make a Zero Hero* commercial to encourage, educate, and inspire others to produce and throw away less trash. b) A day in the life of your trash and recycling containers…are they on the right path towards Zero Waste? c) A big part of getting to Zero Waste is reusing things you already have. Make a commercial that inspires reuse.