US International Film & Video Festival
celebrating 50 years of acknowledging creative excellence in film & video productions


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About the Festival
US International Film & Video Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. It was born as U.S. Industrial Film and Video Festival in 1967 in Chicago. The competition has been held continuously since. The annual deadline is March 15.
Since 2001, USIFVF has operated from Los Angeles, but it still has the original mission:


 “to recognize quality work produced for industry, associations, government, religious or education organizations whose purpose is to inform, motivate, stimulate or educate an audience.”

 

US International Film & Video Festival (nicknamed FilmFest) remains independently owned in a field dominated by industry-sponsored competitions. The Festival offers five mini-competitions in one, recognizing outstanding Corporate, Education, Entertainment, Documentary and Student productions.

 

FilmFest has responded readily to today’s digital world. Entries are submitted online, and judges, with only a few exceptions, do their assessments online. The judging panel is recruited worldwide.

 

 

Awards

  • First-Place Gold Camera Statuette
  • Second-Place Silver Screen Statuette
  • Third-Place Certificate for Creative Excellence
  • Student Award Certificate
  • Best of Festival (Grand Prix) Awards
    Presented to an outstanding entry from among the Gold Camera winners in each production type. These winners are selected by members of the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ), a 50-year-old global peer network of production company owners.
  • One World Award
    Honors a production that demonstrates international cooperation and global understanding. The Award is sponsored and presented by the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ), which seeks to support and improve international communications. Established in 1966, IQ has administrative headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. See iqfilm.org.

 

Judging Process Sets Us Apart


Entries are judged against peers, meaning Corporate competes with Corporate, Education against Education, and so on. Entries also are reviewed on their own merit. We hope for winners in each category, but don’t require them. As a result, the top award in a category is not necessarily a Gold Camera, but may be a Silver Screen or Certificate for Creative Excellence winner. Conversely, more than one Gold, Silver or Certificate may be awarded in a category.


Scoring/Judging Guidelines


All productions are scored on multiple criteria, including:

    • How well the production meets its objectives and its intended audience
    • Production Approach
    • Concept / Writing
    • Craft /Techniques

Why Enter

 

  • Gain recognition and prestige in an International film/video/digital production industry
  • Encourage new clients by showcasing award-winning work
  • Get your film seen by a panel of seasoned industry professionals
  • Expand your company’s reputation to draw new clients
  • Build internal company pride and motivation
  • Enjoy publicity and accolades on our website and social media, in media releases and in worldwide award presentations
  • Relish good old-fashioned “bragging rights” when you win!
  • Winners are showcased by FilmFest chairman Lee Gluckman in presentations held in many countries.  

 

ENTERING: Entries are completed through an online system that makes it easy for participants to enter the same work in various categories.  That system is made available when the annual competition opens.

 

 

Types of Entries Invited


Productions created for all kinds of venues are accepted, from traditional to non-traditional.


Corporate Productions

 

  • Internal Corporate Communications (On-boarding, Training, Benefits, etc.)
  • Sales Promotion /Trade Show Multimedia Presentations
  • Brand Image Films

 

Education Productions

 

  • Classroom film/video / online/VR Productions
  • Broadcast Educational Programming
  • Instructional / How-To videos

 

Entertainment Productions

 

  • Television Programs
  • Features & Short Films
  • Online & VR Entertainment Programming

 

Documentary Productions

 

  • News Programming
  • Television Programming
  • Feature & Short Films

 

Entry Guidelines


Production Release Dates: Entries for 2019 must have been produced or released between September 1, 2017, and March 1, 2019, and cannot have previously been submitted into the Festival.

  • Eligible Submission Formats: Entries must be submitted in one of the following formats:
    • Video File Upload
      MP4
    • URL
      e.g., Vimeo, YouTube, etc. URL must be a fully functioning webpage, with embedded video playback where applicable. URLs for direct file downloads are not accepted.
    • DVD
      PAL or NTSC
  • Language: Entries must be submitted in English, or have English subtitles.
  • Multiple Entries: The same production may be entered into different Categories and/or Production Types. Each entry will be considered a separate entry and will require additional submission materials and entry fees.
  • Student Entries: Students may enter individual or group work done for a class project, an internship as spec work or for a client as long as the student is not a paid employee in the film industry. All Festival Rules & Regulations, Entry Material Requirements, Categories, Payment and Shipping instructions apply to Student entrants. A photocopy of the entrant's valid Student ID must be provided upon entry. Student winners receive a "Student Award" Certificate.
  • Liability: The Festival assumes no responsibility for productions submitted in the incorrect category. Reasonable care will be exercised to protect entries from damage or loss. The Festival, its management and judging committees cannot assume liability.

 

CATEGORIES

 

CORPORATE

Internal and external communications

 
ADVERTISING/MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Sales, Product and Promotion-Oriented, In-store promotions, Product/Service Demos, Infomercials, etc. /
Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer


COMMUNICATION
Coaching / Training, Safety, Risk Management, Human Resources, Recruitment

Employee / Internal-Oriented communication / Dealer, Distributor, Franchisee / Investor Relations


PUBLIC RELATIONS: Brand Image, Community Relations, Political Campaigns, College Admission, etc.


SPECIALTY PRODUCTIONS: Meeting Presentations / Conferences, Experiential / Live Events, Museums, Trade Shows, Kiosks, etc.


MEDICAL / HEALTH FILMS


TOURISM FILMS


FUNDRAISING/DEVELOPMENT


ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES / CONCERNS


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY / NONPROFIT


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSA)


BONUS FEATURES: Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews, Director Commentary, etc.


CRAFT / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

 

3D
360° Video
Art Direction / Production Design
Animation / Motion Graphics
Augmented Reality (AR)
Cinematography
Direction
Editing
Lighting
Music – Adaptation or Original
Set Design
Sound Design (Editing, Effects)
Talent / Casting
Use of Humor
Use of Music
Virtual Reality (VR)
Visual Effects  
Writing, Concept

 


 

EDUCATION


Pre-School, Kindergarten
Primary / Elementary School
Intermediate / Middle School
Secondary / High School
College / University / Graduate / Post Graduate 
Professional Development & Continuing Education
Personal Growth & Development
How-to, Instructional, Tutorials
Religion, Ethics, Humanities
Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)
Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews, Director Commentary, etc.

 

CRAFT / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES


3D
360° Video
Art Direction/Production Design
Animation/Motion Graphics
Augmented Reality (AR)
Cinematography
Direction
Editing
Lighting

Music – Adaptation or Original
Set Design
Sound Design (Editing, Effects)
Talent/Casting
Use of Humor
Use of Music
Virtual Reality (VR)
Visual Effects
Writing, Concept



 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

Action / Adventure
Animation
Biography
Branded Content / Entertainment
Children's
Cli fi (Climate Fiction)
Situation Comedy ("Sitcom")
Dramatic Comedy ("Dramedy")
Cooking
Crime
Drama
Family
Feature Film (over 30 minutes) theatrical or non-theatrical release
Game Show
Home Improvement / Real Estate
Horror
In-Flight
Interview / Talk
Instructional / How-To

Mini-Series
Music Video

Mystery
Performing Arts (Musical, Concert, etc.)
Reality Competition Program
Reality TV
Sci-Fi
Short Film (under 30 minutes) theatrical or non-theatrical release
Social Media Video (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope, etc.)
Sports
Telenovelas
Theater / Cinema
Trailer / Teaser
Thriller / Suspense
TV Movie
Variety
Video Blog (Vlog) NEW

Viral Video

War

Western

 

PROMOS

 

News
Entertainment Program

Information / Magazine Program

Sports Program

Contest / Special

 

OPENERS, IDENTS, TITLE SEQUENCES

 

Station / Network
News Program
Entertainment Program
Information / Magazine
Sports Program

 

 

CRAFT / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

 

3D
360° Video
Art Direction/Production Design
Animation/Motion Graphics
Augmented Reality (AR)
Cinematography
Direction
Editing
Lighting

Music – Adaptation or Original
Set Design
Sound Design (Editing, Effects)
Talent/Casting
Use of Humor
Use of Music
Virtual Reality (VR)
Visual Effects
Writing, Concept

 


 

DOCUMENTARY GENRES / CATEGORIES

 

Arts
Biography
Cultural Issues
Current Affairs
Docudrama
Environment, Ecology
Feature Film (over 30 minutes) theatrical or non-theatrical release
Health, Medical
History

Nature, Wildlife
Political, Government
Religion
Science, Research, Technology
Short Film (under 30 minutes) theatrical or non-theatrical release
Social Issues
Sports, Recreation
Travel

 

NEWS PROGRAMMING

 

Analysis / Commentary
Breaking News Reports
Continuing News Stories

Entertainment Programs
Financial Programs

Interview

Investigative / Special Reports
Magazine Format

Newscasts
News Features / Segments

News Specials

Political Campaigns
Public Affairs Programs
Sports Programs
Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews, Director Commentary, etc.

 

CRAFT / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

 

3D
360° Video
Art Direction/Production Design
Animation/Motion Graphics
Augmented Reality (AR)
Cinematography
Direction
Editing

Lighting

Music – Adaptation or Original
Set Design
Sound Design (Editing, Effects)
Talent / Casting
Use of Humor
Use of Music
Virtual Reality (VR)
Visual Effects
Writing, Concept

 


 

STUDENT

 

Entries must be submitted in ONE (1) of the following formats:

 

  • Video File Upload
  • URL
  • NTSC DVD (region free)
  • PAL DVD (region free)


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