About the TIVA Peer Awards

C’est Cinémagnifique!

The Peer Awards began in 1997 as part of the former Washington Film and Video Council (WFVC) and later merged with the existing, popular “ITVA-DC Video Festival”. Today, the TIVA-DC Peer Awards continues to celebrate local excellence in media and offer one of the most sought-after awards in our community. The 2015 Peer Awards Ceremony will be held at the Embassy of France on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 6:30 pm.

The TIVA-DC Peer Awards is a merit-based award judged solely on the individual merits of the entry. This is not a competition, rather an acknowledgment and celebration of exceptional quality work created by professionals and non-professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Delaware region. This may result in categories receiving multiple awards of the same level as well as some categories without awards.

The 2015 Peer Awards Banquet & Ceremony

November 14, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Celebrating Excellence in Multimedia Production!

Dress: Creative Black Tie

Download the 2015 Peer Awards Program (PDF)


Category Spotlight: Web Series
Series made exclusively for web presentation that features comedy, drama, variety/performance, sports, travel & leisure, nature/wildlife, automotive, history, biography, crafts/hobby, home & garden, religion/spirituality, and/or health & wellness programming
For more information, or to see a full listing of production and skills categories, please visit the Peer Awards Portal.

All Gold Award recipients will receive a TIVA-DC Peer Award trophy the night of the ceremony. Silver and Bronze recipients will receive an embossed certificate suitable for framing. Additional Gold trophies as well as Silver and Bronze trophies and/or certificates may be ordered for a nominal fee after the ceremony.  A special discount period will be offered for trophy/certificate orders immediately following the ceremony. All award recipients will be honored at the Peer Awards Ceremony and listed on the Peer Awards website along with clips of their entries.

Text on all trophies will be exactly as submitted online.

Other exciting benefits to the DC Peer Awards for 2015 include:

  • Enhanced online registration and payment options
  • New/revised and updated categories
  • Free Peer trophy to all Gold Award winners
  • More video clips and roll-ins at the ceremony


A panel of distinguished judges are selected on a volunteer basis based on stringent standards that include relevant background, demonstrated expertise and established standing in a category field for which an industry expert is judging. Judges are drawn from industry professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware region.

Entries are carefully judged on the following criteria and are handled through a carefully guided process in order to ensure consistency, critical thinking and informed peer review which results in a well earned award of merit and excellence in achievement:

  • Production categories: objectives met; audience reached; design and organization; treatment; techniques; writing; directing; editing; artistic use of medium; and creativity
  • Skills categories: overall quality; originality/imagination/innovation; effectiveness of skill to project; and best use of skill.

It is crucial that all fields on the entry form be completed as specifically as possible to aid the judges in their review.

Ceremony Ticket Dates & Pricing

Dates to remember

  • Early bird (TIVA members only): 6/12/15 – 7/31/15
  • Regular: 8/1/15 – 10/23/15
  • Late: 10/24/15 – 11/7/15
  • Really late: 11/8/15 – 11/11/15

Individual tickets (early / regular / late / really late)

  • TIVA member: $85 / $125 / $160 / $190
  • Public: NA / $145 / $160 / $190
  • High school student: $40 (all times)
  • College student (TIVA member): $55 (all times)
  • College student (public): $80 (all times)

Tables (9 people) (early / regular)

  • TIVA member: $765 / $990
  • Public: NA / $1,170

No tables will be sold after 10/23; for security reasons, absolitely no tickets will be sold after 11/11.

Entry Submission

The entry submission period is now closed.

To submit your entry, please visit the Peer Awards Portal.

Note: Two-year window of eligibility. Entries under the regular production and skills categories must represent work completed between June 2013 and June 2015. See entry form for details.

Dates to remember

  • Early bird entry dates: 6/1/15 – 6/30/15
  • Regular entry dates: 7/1/15 – 8/23/15
  • Late entry dates: 8/8/15 – 8/14/15

Production fees (early / regular / late)

  • TIVA member: $90 / $115 / $135 ($25 discount for each additional entry)
  • Non-member: $100 / $125 / $145 ($25 discount for each additional entry)
  • College student: $30 / $40 / $55 ($10 discount for each additional entry)
  • High school student/Peer Promise: free
  • Pro bono: $10 for all entries

Skills fees (early / regular / late)

  • TIVA member: $60 / $80 / $95 ($10 discount for each additional entry)
  • Non-member: $80 / $100 / $120 ($10 discount for each additional entry)
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