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 Student Film Festival and Awards Coming This Weekend

​Students from throughout the county will get a chance to walk the red carpet and experience the glitz and glamour of an awards show April 25 at the Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) film festival and awards.

The event is a chance to celebrate the next generation of filmmakers while encouraging hands-on, project-based learning in the classroom through the use of video. It’s sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union and organized by the San Diego County Office of Education.

More than 400 short videos were submitted this year, the most ever. More than 100 of those were nominated for awards. They will all be shown at the event, and awards will be presented to winning videos based on grade level. Categories for awards include public service announcements, short documentaries, narrative films, and broadcast journalism.  

"We have so many high-quality, standards-based student films that it was difficult for the judges to pick the finalists," said Leigh Murrell, who is organizing the event. "The judges were impressed with the students' work, research, and learning."

The festival will be hosted by five local students. It will be divided into three shows based on grade level, and all students will have a chance to walk the red carpet and be interviewed before each show. Inside there will be an interactive green-screen exhibit and a photo booth for students to post pictures.

The awards will be at UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100 in San Diego. The event will start at 8:15 a.m. for students in elementary school, 10:15 a.m. for those in middle school and those in grades 3 through 8 nominated for a special category, and 2 p.m. for those in high school.

The competition provides a chance for students to take ownership of their learning in a collaborative and rigorous environment. The films ignite imagination and inspire student confidence while integrating state content standards and skills that prepare students for various careers.

More than half of this year's entries were from schools who hadn't participated in the past. Videos were submitted from 24 different school districts, charter schools, and private schools.

More information, including a list of the nominated videos, is available at ivieawards.sdcoe.net.