How the contest works:
Make a Video
Register for the Contest
Rules and Regulations:
ELIGIBILITY – The Israel Video Contest is open to the public from around the world.
THEME – “Inspired by Israel” Any video that draws attention to Israel’s immense value to the world and/or seeks to spread an important pro-Israel message will be eligible for this contest. The competition is sponsored by the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
DEADLINES – All entries must be received by March 6th
- January 3rd 2017 – Contest Opens
- February 1st 2017 – Registration deadline, Submission period begins
- March 6th – Submissions due by 11:59pm EST
- March 20th – Voting period begins
- March 29th – Voting ends March 29th 2016 at 11:59pm EST
- April 30th – Winners announced! Award ceremony TBA
VIDEO REQUIREMENTS AND FORMAT – All videos must be newly created videos that have never been uploaded to any other public platform. Videos submitted may not be uploaded to any other platform for the duration of the contest.
JUDGING – All videos submitted to the Israel Video Contest will be judged in two stages.
- Stage One – Voting Period
The voting period will begin on March 20th and end on March 29th. During the voting period, anyone can vote for your video once. The top 10 videos that receive the most votes will then be sent to judges who will make the final determination on the top 10 winners. The other 6 winners will be distributed based on voting rank alone, without any further judgment.
- Stage Two – Judgment Period
A group of independent judges will have approximately one month to determine the top 10 prize winners.
AWARDS – A total of nineteen awards will be given. Each entrant, individual or group, may only win one award.
1 x Grand Prize Winner – $8000
1 x 1st Prize Winner – $4000
2 x 2nd Prize Winners – $1000
3 x 3rd Prize Winners of $500
4 x 4th Prize Winners of $250
5 x Runner-Up Winners of $100
Three other staff-choice awards of $1000 each will be awarded based on the votes of the staff of Israel Video Network.
David Suissa is President of Tribe Media/Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, and writes an award-winning weekly column on the essential issues of the day that is read around the world. Prior to Tribe Media, David was founder and CEO of Suissa Miller Advertising, which was named “Agency of the Year” by USA Today. David is also the founding editor of OLAM magazine, a publication on Jewish spirituality.
Gila Milstein was born in Morocco and immigrated to Israel when she was six years old. A graduate of the Rothschild Hospital Nursing School, she served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). An active community leader and philanthropist, Gila sits on the Board of several organizations, including the American-Israel Education Foundation (the educational wing of AIPAC), the MERONA Students Initiative Foundation, StandWithUs, Birthright, and Aish Los Angeles. She serves as the President of Stand By Me, an organization that supports Israeli-American cancer patients and their families in Los Angeles.
Ilan Sinelnikov is the president and founder of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a fast growing pro-Israel student movement with 50 chapters across universities in North America and Europe. Immigrating from Israel before college, during his freshman year Ilan registered the first SSI group at the University of Minnesota. Leading face to face grassroots advocacy campaigns and social media efforts. Ilan led SSI to open a second chapter, beginning the growth of the organization to create a national, united, pro-Israel grassroots student movement. SSI was given the first ever Bridge Award by the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest for pro-Israel activism, as well as other awards and recognitions for its work. In the past, Ilan worked for U.S Congressman Erik Paulsen, the Republican Party of Minnesota, and spoke twice in front of education and BDS committees at the Israeli Parliament the Knesset.
Lital Shemesh is a Journalist and TV news anchor for Israel Hayom and Channel 20. A lecturer for 5 years for “Stand With Us”, with lectures given around the world including India, Spain and across Israel. One of the founders of “My Truth”, an organization that tells the true stories of IDF soldiers to counter all the lies.
Michael Dickson is Executive Director of the StandWithUs Israel office. From the StandWithUs Center in Jerusalem, Michael leads an international team at StandWithUs – a respected provider of Israel educational material and programs hosting tens of thousands of people from around the world for educational workshops, annually. Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication. In 2016, he was named as the 14th most influential Jew on Twitter by JTA and also one of the “30 Israelis Making a Difference” by Channel 10 TV’s “Hazinur” at a ceremony at the President of Israel’s Residence.
Shlomo Blass is the founder and owner of Rogatka, a Jerusalem-based production house which specializes in the creation innovative promotional content intended for wide distribution.
Blass has played a major role in several national and international campaigns and his clients include government offices such as the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, the foreign ministry, think tanks, Start-ups, Hi-Tech companies, NGO’s and more.
Shoham Nicolet is the Founding and present Chief Executive Officer of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), the fastest-growing Jewish organization in the United States. Shoham is a Co-founder of several Ed-Tech ventures and philanthropic initiatives, with unique expertise in project-based learning, educational technologies, and online collaboration. Shoham served as an officer in a special force Unit of the IDF.