IWitness Video Challenge


How it works

Middle and high school students will complete the “IWitness Video Challenge” Activity on the IWitness website. The Activity challenges them to increase their understanding of digital and media literacy, deepen their critical thinking, and promote positive social change in their community and in the world. Teachers will also find that the activity works in a wide variety of classes and addresses the following standards: Common Core and ISTE NETS.

Teachers, together with their students, will select a winning video from each class. These winning videos will be sent to a regional judging panel. The winning video from each region will then move on to the national judging panel.

To learn more about signing up for the Challenge and setting up your IWitness group or class, go to Getting Started.

Key Dates

Last day to submit your class winning entry is December 2, 2013. Regional judging will be completed and winners announced on January 31, 2014. National judging will be completed and the national winner announced on February 14, 2014.

How to get involved

Sign Up/Notification of Intent to Participate

  • Let us know that you plan to participate in the Challenge with you class, by filling out this brief SIGN UP form.
  • Educators may enter more than one class in more than one semester or term, but a single student may only submit one entry in any term.

Completion of the Challenge

  • Educators enter their students in the Challenge by having them complete the IWitness Video Challenge Activity.
  • The completion period runs from February 27 through December 2, 2013. Students can complete the Activity during that time, but final submissions of the winning class entry must be made no later than December 2, 2013.
  • Students can only enter through an IWitness group/class established by an Educator.
  • Each IWitness group/class established by an Educator must include multiple students.

Submission and Judging

  • Educators will identify the winning video from their classroom or group and submit that for judging at the regional level before December 2, 2013.
  • Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet provided in the activity (teachers should use that when making their decision).
  • Regional winners will be notified by IWitness and forwarded to the national judging panel.


Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet that is included in the activity. Educators are encouraged to use the same format to identify the winning entry in their class.

Regional Panels

  • Student entries will be collated by the following regions:
    • Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
    • Region II: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
    • Region III: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
    • Region IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
    • Region V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
    • Region VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
    • Region VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
    • Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
    • Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
    • Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
    • Region XI: Canada
  • A winner from each region will be chosen by a Regional Judging Panel.
  • Regional winners will be adjudicated by the National Judging Panel.

National Panel

  • A national panel will select one national winner.

The award ceremony

One national Winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip with one parent or guardian, and his/her teacher, to screen their video as part of the USC Shoah Foundation's 20th anniversary activities in Los Angeles, as well as attend the 2014 Annual USC Shoah Foundation Gala as invited guests. If the winning entry is from a team video project, one student representative will need to be selected by the teacher to represent the team in Los Angeles.