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 And the iVIE Nominees Are ...

The judging is complete and the nominees are in for the 15th annual iVIE Student Film Festival and Awards.

The Innovative Video in Education program received 406 submissions from schools around the county, and 118 nominees have been named. iVIE image.jpg

"We were overwhelmed in the best way by this year's iVIE submissions," San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Technology Coordinator Michanne Hoctor-Thompson said. "Narrowing the nominees from the 400-plus submissions was no easy feat."

The free, daylong film festival and awards ceremony will be held April 23 at Coronado High School. Three shows are scheduled: 8:30 a.m. for elementary schools; 11 a.m. for middle schools; and 2:30 p.m. for high schools. A red carpet entry begins 20 minutes before each show. All iVIE participants, along with their families and friends, are encouraged to attend.

The iVIE program – organized by SDCOE and presented by San Diego County Credit Union – 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.

Twelve categories comprise iVIE: Cross-Curricular, Humanities, STEAM, Digital Citizenship, Public Service Announcement, How-To, Global Village, News Program, Documentary, Zero Waste sponsored by City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, and RedEye and Financial Wellness sponsored by SDCCU. Additional sponsors include Sony and San Diego CUE.

Category awards will be given in each grade-level group: K-5, middle school, and high school. Additionally, a Grand Recognition winner will be named for each group. One special award will be given in honor of the late iVIE founder Bill Simpson. The Bill Simpson Award is presented for a video that is judged to embody the spirit of the iVIE program.

A handful of school districts yielded numerous nominations, including Poway Unified with 22; Escondido Union School District, 19; Encinitas Union School District, 17; San Dieguito Union High School District, 14; San Diego Unified School District, 10; and Coronado Unified School District, nine.

Leading the nominations by school are Rancho Bernardo High with 12; Escondido's Mission Middle School with nine; and eight each for Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley and Mission Estancia Elementary in Encinitas.

All nominated videos will be shown at the April 23 festival. A complete list of nominees is available here.

"So many of the video projects made us laugh, cry, and think," Hoctor-Thompson said. "We can't wait to share them with a wider audience."