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Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festival is a K-12 student video competition and festival conceived to encourage and reward teachers who utilize video as a project based learning tool in their classroom, and students who use film and visual literacy to demonstrate their understanding of classroom concepts. All videos submitted to iVIE integrate the California Common Core State Standards or Content Standards. This year's Awards Ceremony & Student Film Festival will take place on May 19, 2019. Location TBD.

Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major video competition. In 2018, there were 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.


All iVIE nominated videos are shown on ITV Cable 16 in a series called "The Best of iVIE" and are also available on Time Warner's On Demand channel.

See last year's nominees on our YouTube channel!
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Major Sponsor: Sony
Category Sponsor: City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department

Winner of each category will receive a Sony video camera!

If assistance with the call to entry fee is needed, please email for waiver code.

Each entry must be sponsored by an adult (teacher, parent, guardian, extra-curricular adviser, etc.). Projects can be submitted on behalf of a classroom, class project, or individual student. All communication will be sent to the sponsoring adult responsible for the entry.

For each entry you will need to state the instructional objectives and/or standards addressed by the project. 

For every classroom project, please submit only the “best” one to iVIE for consideration. In other words, if your students are creating similar projects on photosynthesis, please submit only one project to iVIE 2019. 

Enter a project only once. Submissions may not have been entered previously  to  the  iVIE Festival. The iVIE Awards are limited to amateur video endeavors of students and teachers. Videos commissioned for profit may not be entered.

This is a student film competition. It is accepted that primary grade teachers will be very involved in video production and editing, however it is expected that students participate in all parts of the process. At the intermediate and secondary levels, it is expected that students create the video with teacher guidance and approval only.

Save a complete, high-resolution copy of your project, as this is required for all nominated projects.

Entries must represent work that was completed after April 2018 of the previous year and up until upcoming April 19, 2019 deadline. See time limits per entry category below.

Please be sure you have permission on file for all of the students featured in your project. It will be your responsibility to upload forms releasing student likeness with submission.

Click here to access the forms:

Forms can be emailed to

Entries will be judged with respect to their specific grade level. The grade level groupings include: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. There will be one winning entry per age group per category. Once again iVIE will encourage students to explore different genres and themes via the many award categories.

This year’s CATEGORIES for the 2019 iVIE Awards & Film Festival include:

Cross Curricular
Videos (INCLUDING short narrative films) that connect to any portion of the K-12 curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to: Humanities. Help others understand our world through history, literature, religion, language, art, music, and philosophy. Or, STEAM. A film whose theme illustrates the real-world contexts of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

Public Service Announcement
A 30-60 second video that raises public awareness around any issue of your choosing. Issues can vary, but we suggest themes such as the Environment or Digital Citizenship: Thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly in our digital world. Topics may include: a) digital footprints, b) internet safety, c) effective searching and sourcing. d) cyberbullying, & e) and many more. Resources on Digital Citizenship can be found at Common Sense Media. 60 seconds or less.

Inspire others and give them the skills to teach, fix, solve, make, cook, and more. 3 minutes or less.

Global Village
Tell a story celebrating San Diego County's rich 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 be subtitled in English). 3 minutes or less.

News Program
Gathering, processing, and disseminating news and information related to an audience. Please submit only the segment you want judged. 3 minutes or less.

Use video, pictures, or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report. 5 minutes or less.

Environmental Services Department Zero Waste
The City of San Diego has set a goal to keep 75% of all materials out of the landfill by 2020 and reach Zero Waste by 2040. Make a video that redefines the way we use our resources so that nothing is wasted. Reflect on what you and other San Diegans can do to reduce the amount of waste produced and keep materials out of the landfill. Topics could include, but are not limited to: a) Make a Zero Hero* commercial to encourage, educate, and inspire others to produce and throw away less trash. b) A day in the life of your trash and recycling containers…are they on the right path towards Zero Waste? c) A big part of getting to Zero Waste is reusing things you already have. Make a commercial that inspires reuse.

Please be sure you have permission on file for all of the students featured in your project. It will be your responsibility to upload forms releasing student likeness with submission.  Click here to access the forms:

Click here to access the iVIE Rubric:

For more more information, please contact: / 619-230-1938 /

Overall Rating
  • Tom Antl

    Very well produced festival, a must for K-12 students and aspiring young filmmakers. The awards ceremony was great, everyone dressed to impress on the red carpet.

    June 2017