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About the TIVA Peer Awards

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 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.


All Gold Award recipients receive a TIVA-DC Peer Award trophy the night of the ceremony.

Silver and Bronze recipients 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.

Contact us at peerawards@tivadc.org to order additional awards.

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.

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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.

If you would like to serve as a 2019 Peer Awards judge, please contact us at peerawards@tivadc.org

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.

The 2017 Peer Awards Banquet & Ceremony

The theme for the 2017 TIVA Peer Awards was :

"Celebrating Excellence and Integrity in the Art of Storytelling, to Help Build and Support More Fully Engaged and Healthy Communities"

We awarded just over 90 programs with recognition for excellence in achievement- 30 of them at GOLD Status. The entries came from both small freelancers and students, as well as medium to large-scale production houses from across the region. We received over 200 entries over the summer that were rigorously judged by teams of judges and carefully facilitated by judging coordinators.

We recognized many program types- from small-scale pro bonno programs up to major projects with $100,000+ budgets- and everything in between.  The Peer Awards are your opportunity to shine and to be recognized for EXCELLENCE IN ACHIEVEMENT. Congratulations to our 2017 Award recipients and to all those who submitted!

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