Media Arts Center San Diego’s
Call for Entries for 20th Annual iVIE Student Film Awards & Festival
Presenting Sponsor: SDG&E

Enter your movie here -

Media Arts Center San Diego is excited to announce our 20th Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festival. This has been such a challenging year, but we hope that the festival provides an opportunity to celebrate all the successes this past year (small and large). We know production has been a challenge; but we’re hoping to screen and celebrate the hard work student filmmakers continued to create during the pandemic. There are many categories that you can submit your student work to (i.e. news stories, PSAs, etc.). We also have a new special category, thanks to SDG&E, seeking videos that explore the world of Electric Vehicles and all the reasons to LOVELECTRIC.

Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major San Diego County-wide student video competition. On average, there are annually 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 (organizer of the 28th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival & more).

iVIE is a K-12 student video competition and festival conceived to encourage and reward teachers and students who recognize the power of video as a creative and educational tool. See a recap of last year’s Virtual Awards Ceremony -

Photos of previous iVIE Awards Ceremony & Film Festival:

Prizes to be awarded to top categories!

CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE: Entry Deadline is May 12, 2021; $1 Entry Fee per film. Email for more information.

Date & Location: Virtual Celebration & Nominees “On-Demand” Showcase on Wed., June 9, 2021. Winners Highlights Film Premiere at Drive-In Location TBA on Wed, June 16, 2021.

See previous year's nominees on our YouTube channel!
Elementary Schools:
Middle Schools:
High Schools:
Virtual Awards Ceremony:
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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 2019 of the previous year and up until upcoming May 12, 2021 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 and

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 2021 iVIE Awards & Film Festival include:

Short Narrative (Grades K-12)
Short narrative films on any topic or style that is not included below. Areas may include, but is not limited to: humanities, history, literature, religion, language, art, music, experimental film, philosophy, sociopolitical or personal stories. Entries must be 7 minutes or less.

PSA (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.

DIY (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 3 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 5 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 5 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 5 minutes or less.

STEAM (Grades K-12)
A film whose theme illustrates real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. The film can include one or more STEAM topics. It can be documentary or short narrative style. Entries must be 3 minutes or less.

Special Category: All the reasons to LOVELECTRIC (Grades 6-12)
CASH Prizes – $750 for each winner!
Create a 1-2 minute video about the reasons why to love electric vehicles (EVs). 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 EV awareness campaign. For more information about LOVELECTRIC and EVs, see our reference sheet here:

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:


For more more information, please contact: / 619-230-1938 x 101 /

Overall Rating
  • Cesaire Carroll-Dominguez

    I LOVED this film festival, it was a great opportunity to get some titles under my belt (as well as some for my school). It was incredible, they were very kind and hospitable all of the way through. Not great for networking, I do wish that they gave us some more time to network before and after the awards though, I did not really get a chance to interact with the other student filmmakers. I also wish that there was more press coverage, this is a very odd request but as it is hosted by the San Diego Union-Tribune I find it odd that they don't have more media outlets at the event covering it, granted the iVIES are a student film festival however I feel like the UT could in many ways do a better job perhaps putting this in the Arts and Culture section? (a small collum, nothing major) However, this is a more minor thing. Overall though I loved the film festival, everyone was so warm and kind and there were so many other incredible student films, thank you so much IVIE awards!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feedback. We will work to improve networking opportunities for filmmakers as well as invite more press to cover the event.

  • Daniel Shutler

    Great opportunity for the students of San Diego. Highly recommend!

    May 2021
  • Such a great festival and an awesome opportunity for young and aspiring filmmakers

    June 2020
  • Mark Raines

    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