Call for Entries

18th Annual 2019 iVIE Awards & Student Film Festival


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Eligible:  All K-12 students in San Diego County
Cost:  $5 per entry
Prizes:  Cash and equipment.
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DEADLINE TO ENTER:  April 15, 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. 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 2019 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 Category: San Diego City Attorney’s Office -- Healthy Teen Relationships

    The Office of the San Diego’s Family Justice Center has a goal to prevent domestic violence by engaging, educating, and empowering teens to develop healthy relationships. Make a video that promotes healthy teen relationships using social media trends. There are thousands of posts on Instagram that show perfect lives and perfect pictures. How do these images affect high school relationships? How can we create and respect healthy relationship while using social media? Do we need to create any boundaries? Are there signs or red flags of an unhealthy relationships on social media that we should all be aware of? Create an engaging, informative and inspiring film on what a health high school relationship looks like on social media. The video must be 3 minutes or fewer and should promote the importance of self-respect, and how it can be demonstrated on social media. Highlight social media trends and provide tips on how to establish healthy boundaries with your partner and friends.