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 Film Festival Category Highlights Money Matters

With the start of a new year, finances are front and center for many people.

There's no better time, then, for student filmmakers to consider making a finance-related video for the upcoming Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) competition.

The San Diego County Credit Union Financial Wellness category debuted last year for the iVIE film festival, which is organized by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

"With the new state standards and curriculum now, learning happens through real-life experiences and problems," SDCOE Technology Coordinator Michanne Hoctor-Thompson said. "iVIE gives students the opportunity to use their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and to showcase their learning on a more public stage, engaging students on a deeper level. That will support greater success in life for students."

Organizers hope to boost the number of Financial Wellness entries for this year's competition. Videos in this category should encourage financial responsibility with topics like wants versus needs, budgeting, what is money, and spending versus saving, to name just a few suggestions. The iVIE program and categories such as Financial Wellness give students the opportunity to collaborate and investigate important subjects.

Awards for this category will be presented for three grade-level groups: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Last year's Financial Wellness category winners included: Literacy First Charter School with "Money Matters"; Bear Valley Middle School with "Spending Wisely"; and Canyon Crest Academy with "Robot Dinosaur." The 2015 finalist videos can be viewed online.

Financial Wellness is one of 11 iVIE competition categories. The submission window for all categories is open through March 11. Further details and entry instructions can be found at ivieawards.sdcoe.net. Awards will be presented at the film festival April 23 at Coronado High School Performing Arts Center.