Call for Entries

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Didn’t have the chance to finish your project because of COVID-19 school closures? Submit your work-in-progress project across any category. Send us a rough cut of what you have! Must be under 5 minutes and rough cut should be very close to being finalized.


Completed any projects from home while sheltering in place? Submit these! Must be under 5 minutes.


Eligible:  All K-12 students in San Diego County
Cost:  Early Deadline is Free and Regular Deadline is $5 per entry
Prizes:  Cash and equipment.
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Early Deadline:  March 27, 2020
Regular Deadline: April 17, 2020

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 2020.

Enter a project only once. Submissions may not have been entered previously  to  the  iVIE Festival. Videos commissioned for profit may not be entered.

This is a student competition. It is understood 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 and up until the upcoming April 15th deadline. See time limits per entry categories 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 2020 iVIE Awards & Film Festival include:

  • Short Narrative

    (Grades K-12) Short narrative films on any topic or style that is not included below. Areas may include, but is not limited to: humanities, history, literature, religion, language, art, music, experimental film, philosophy, sociopolitical or personal stories. Entries must be 7 minutes or less.

  • Public Service Announcement

    (Grades K-12) A 30-60 second video that raises public awareness around any issue. Issues can vary, but we suggest themes such as climate change, overcoming addiction, digital citizenship, cyber-bullying, social media safety, and participating responsibly in our digital world. Entries must be 60 seconds or less.

  • Do It Yourself (DIY)

    (Grades K-12) Inspire others and give them the “How-to” skills. Teach, fix something, solve, make, cook, and be creative. Share your brand. Healthy DIY challenges are welcome. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    (Grades K-12) Tell a story celebrating San Diego County’s rich cultural, ethnic, racial, LGBTQ+ 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 include English subtitles. Films tackling migration and refugees/asylees are welcome. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

  • News Story

    (Grades K-12) A single nonfiction story about current events and/or issues important to a community. Please submit only the segment you want judged, not an entire newscast. Entries must 5 minutes or less.

  • Documentary

    (Grades 6-12) Use video, pictures, or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report. Entries must be 5 minutes or less.


    (Grades K-12) A film whose theme illustrates real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. The film can include one or more STEAM topics. It can be documentary or short narrative style. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

  • Special Category: Healthy High School Relationships: Staying Safe Online

    Everyone deserves a healthy, loving relationship that is safe and supportive. If you or your friend is in a relationship, how do you stay safe online?  While you can’t control your partner’s behavior online, what can you do to keep yourself safe online? Here are some tips: I will not say or do anything online that I wouldn’t in person, I will not post pictures of romantic relationships online without my partner’s consent, I will spend time with people who make me feel safe, supported and good about myself. Provide suggestions on what not to do online and steps on how to be respectful and loving when you use social media. 

    We look forward to viewing your entry!

    Suggested ideas: 

    • How do I stay safe online with my partner? 
    • What if my partner because abusive online, what do I do?  
    • There are things I can do to stay safe online and with my cell phone? How? 

    The video should show: 

    • The importance of self-respect, and how can you demonstrate self-respect on social media.
    • What are the social media trends that high school students use in relationships?
    •  Tips on how to establish healthy social media boundaries with your partner and friends.

    Filmmaking Resources: 

    • CDC, Dating Matters: Strategies to Prevent Healthy Teen Relationships: Esteem Counselors

    • No More and Breakthrough Organizing Guide For Students:

    • Love is Respect: Healthy Relationship High School Educators Toolkit:

    Sponsors: The Family Justice Center, part of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, is a local governmental agency dedicated to transitioning victims of domestic violence into survivors.  The SDFJC is a team of professionals including therapists, nurses, prosecutors, domestic violence advocates, immigration specialists, police, and other social service providers. The SDFJC provides services free of charge to victims of domestic violence to empower them to break free of their abusers, end the pattern of violence, and become thriving members of society. The SDFJC provides a safe environment to victims and their families and offers services which enable them to regain their self-worth and find their way out of abusive relationships and into a new violence-free life.