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 Roll out the Red Carpet for Student Filmmakers

iVIE logo.jpg​A line of student filmmakers—from Kindergartners to high school seniors—wrapped around the Civic Theatre last night as they waited for their turn on the red carpet rolled out for the 12th Annual Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Student Film Awards.

Nearly 1,000 students, parents, teachers and supporters attended the event, which honors students and teachers for their achievements in video production.

The Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program is an annual K-12 student video competition that has drawn thousands of participating students from every grade level across San Diego County for more than a decade. Throughout the school year, teachers and students use video as a project-based learning tool in the classroom, ultimately creating videos that ignite imagination and inspire student confidence while integrating state content standards.

"These videos are a labor of love for students and teachers, which is why we see so many repeat participants" said iVIE Producer Emil Ahangarzadeh. "Through filmmaking, students deepen their knowledge in core subject areas, develop their ability to communicate and work as a team, and also learn valuable technical skills."

Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major video competition with 350 video submissions in 2013. Submitted videos—in categories ranging from math, science and language arts to documentary and public service announcement—are judged by media professionals and educators. Judges select winners in each category at different grade levels, as well as three "Grand Recognition" winners: ​

Grand Recognition: Grades 3-5
"Hero’s Choice: An Interactive Movie"
Del Sur Elementary School (Poway Unified School District)
Modeled after "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, Hero’s Choice depicts a dilemma faced by Henry Ford regarding whether or not to speed up production of cars. The viewer is asked to select what Ford should do; the ending of the video depends on the viewer’s choice.

Grand Recognition: Grades 6-8
"Andre Ochs"
Valley Middle School (Carlsbad Unified School District)
The video profiles Andre Ochs, a competitive motorbike athlete, as he recovers from critical injuries sustained in a dangerous raceway collision.

Grand Recognition: Grades 9-12
El Camino High School (Oceanside Unified School District)
First-time filmmaker Ike Mauga depicts the rhythmic and monotonous actions of his daily life and how they are affected when he inadvertently meets a young female classmate. The video is shot as a silent movie.

For a complete list of winners, visit