Fifty three years ago, US International Film & Video Festival was known as the U.S. Industrial Film Festival. Twenty-eight awards were given at the first ceremony, held in 1968 in Chicago where the competition was located.
Formats of that period were 16mm and 35 mm filmstrips. Topics that first season included pollution, undersea warfare and public health. Still good topics today. Lasting names on the winner list in 1968 included AT&T, Lever Brothers, Shell Oil, Litton and United Way.
Amazing what has changed, and what stayed the same. Entries are now submitted digitally, and students are welcome. New categories this year include words not common in 1968 – “extended and mixed reality.” The judges still have the decision power, assessing an entry on its own merit, not against others. Judging, in most cases, is done online.
Current awards include Gold Camera, Silver Screen, Certificate for Creative Excellence, Student Award Certificate, Best of Festival (Grand Prix) and the IQ One World Award.
Check out the entry packet. Deadline has been extended to March 25.