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 Ushering in a New Era for the Annual iVIE Awards

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) announced this week that it has partnered with Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD), which will take the reins of the iVIE Awards and Festival. Media Arts Center San Diego, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been promoting independent cinema and teaching the art of filmmaker for more than 23 years in the San Diego-Baja California region. Its programs and services include the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, Digital Gym CINEMA North Park, youth media and tech camps, Teen Producers Project, and community video production services.

The iVIE program was established in 2001 as a powerful tool for students and teachers to incorporate California Standards through project-based learning, collaboration, and media literacy skills. The program is open to all county students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

"We believe Media Arts Center's stewardship of the program will allow iVIE to grow while still offering a pathway for K-12 teachers and students to use video to demonstrate and showcase their skills and abilities," said SDCOE Assistant Superintendent of Integrated Technology Services Karen Connaghan.

MACSD's founder and executive director Ethan van Thillo says his organization in honored that SDCOE entrusted his group with this one-of-a-kind event celebrating the best in San Diego County student filmmaking.

"The iVIE Awards aligns perfectly with MACSD's long history of promoting, celebrating, and training young filmmakers. We're excited to see this important event continue to grow for many years into the future," van Thillo said. 

MACSD will announce soon the call for entries details and official date of the 2017 iVIE Awards competition. In the meantime, for more information on the 2017 iVIE Awards, please contact Media Arts Center San Diego at 619-230-1938 or visit the MACSD's iVIE Awards website.