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 Registration Open for Innovative Video in Education Festival

Students can show off their creativity while getting excited about project-based learning by participating in the Innovative Video in Education Awards & Student Film Festival, better known as iVIE.

Entries are now being accepted for the K-12 student video competition and festival, which was conceived to encourage and reward teachers and students who recognize the power of video as a creative and educational tool.

The deadline to submit projects is May 12. Films will be screened in a virtual platform and in person.

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.

Each year, there are about 400 video submissions from 120 teachers, 73 Schools, 23 Districts and a handful of private schools, involving approximately 3,000 students. Submitted videos are judged by media professionals and educators curated by Media Arts Center San Diego.

See a recap of last year's virtual awards ceremony.

Media Arts Center San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been promoting independent cinema and teaching the art of filmmaker for more than 23 years in the San Diego-Baja California region.


This year's categories for the 2021 iVIE Awards & Film Festival include: 

Special Category: All the reasons to LOVELECTRIC (Grades 6-12). Cash prizes of $750 for each winner.

Create a one- to two-minute video about the reasons to love electric vehicles. Don't have access to an EV? Not a problem. Just use your creativity to explain the benefits. This category is brought to you by SDG&E's #LOVELECTRIC awareness campaign. Click here for more information about this category.

Short Narrative (Grades K-12)

Short narrative films on any topic or style that is not included below. Areas may include, but are not limited to: humanities, history, literature, religion, language, art, music, experimental film, philosophy, sociopolitical, or personal stories. Entries must be seven 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, cyberbullying, social media safety, and participating responsibly in our digital world. Entries must be 60 seconds or less.

Do It Yourself (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 three 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 five 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 five minutes or less.

Documentary (Grades K-12)

Use video, pictures, or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report. Entries must be five minutes or less.

STEAM (Grades K-12)

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