Young San Diego Filmmakers Get a Chance to Shine!

June 4, 2022

Reading Cinema Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive

San Diego, CA 92117

The Media Arts Center San Diego is bringing the magic of videography and editing to the classroom through its annual iVIE (Innovative Video in Education) Student Awards & Film Festival. The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to bring an event where students can get creative and explore their talents. Student filmmakers from schools all across the county, including Central San Diego, El Cajon, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Clairemont, Vista, Fallbrook, and La Mesa are among the participants.  This year some of the categories for submission are news stories, PSAs, animation, a music-centric category, and a call to action to use Tik Tok for good! 


San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is the presenting sponsor and bringing back a prominent submission category this year – #LOVELECTRIC, which asks students to submit videos exploring the world of Electric Vehicles. 


The red carpet will be rolled out for the nominees on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the official awards ceremony taking place at Reading Cinema Town Square – 4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117. Nominees and guests will enjoy music, live art, a photo booth, and screenings for all categories followed by an awards presentation. One winner from each grade level will walk away with a $750 prize, from the #LOVELECTRIC category!.


“We are so elated that San Diego’s youngest filmmakers continue to produce amazing films despite the enduring challenges of the pandemic”, said Moisés Esparza, Exhibition Arts Manager at the Media Arts Center San Diego. “They have inspired our team to produce a wonderful film festival to celebrate their cinematic achievements! The quality of work this year is truly remarkable and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both the students and teachers who have been nominated.  The thematic variety of the films submitted was very exciting– we had students create videos about banned books in school settings, electric vehicles,  folktales, COVID relief, climate change, mental health resources, and so much more. There is so much to learn from our student filmmakers and we can’t wait to share their projects with the public!” 


Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major San Diego County-wide student video competition. Annually, there are more than 500 video submissions from 120 teachers, 73 Schools, 23 Districts, and a handful of private schools, involving approximately 3,500 students. Submitted videos are judged by media professionals and educators curated by Media Arts Center San Diego (organizer of the 29th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival & more).


iVIE Student Awards & Film Festival is a local K-12 student video competition and festival conceived to encourage and reward teachers and students who recognize the power of video as a creative and educational tool.