The US International Awards honor the world’s best branded video productions and documentaries. The competition, formally named US International Film & Video Festival, have been taken over and re-branded in 2021 by Filmservice International, Europe’s biggest organizer of corporate film festivals. With the original festival having a background of more than 50 years within the industry of corporate videos & documentaries and the expertise of Filmservice International, the renewed US International Awards joyously start into this new era.
In 1967, the US Industrial Film and Video Festival was inaugurated in Chicago by Will Anderson. In the early days of cinema, Chicago was more influential in the business of industrial films and documentaries than Hollywood, and competitions began to emerge. Not all of them lasted, but the USIFVF did. The competition gave its initial awards in 1968 and has been running continuously ever since. In 2001, the USIFVF started operating in Los Angeles as the US International Film & Video Festival under the direction of Lee Gluckman Jr., maintaining its original mission:
The loss of chairman and leader, Lee Gluckman Jr., on August 17, 2020, pointed to the end of one of the oldest festivals dedicated to corporate video. In 2021, Filmservice International, owned by Alexander V. Kammel (IQ Member), decided to continue the excellent work by taking the memorable USIFVF and transforming it into the new US International Awards.
The US International Awards are a member of CIFFT – Comité International des Festivals du Film Touristique (International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals).