Let the voting begin: UIA ‘My Israel’ School Video Competition

July 23, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The top videos have been determined for the federal stage of UIA’s ‘My Israel’ video competition.

The best videos from participating Jewish Day high schools in Sydney and Melbourne are being entered into the federal stage of the competition, where scoring will be based on a combination of votes by an expert judging panel and Facebook Likes.

All the videos will be available for public viewing and voting on Facebook from July 27

The judging panel from the film and entertainment industry includes Eddie Tamir and Jonathan Shteinman. Eddie with his wife Lindy and five children own Ritz Cinemas in Sydney and Classic, Lido and Cameo Cinemas in Melbourne, and he is the artistic director of the Jewish International Film Festival. Eddie studied Creative Writing and Psychology at Columbia University, New York, and completed a Postgraduate degree at Swinburne School of Film and Television.

Jonathan Shteinman is an Australian film producer, best-known for productions including Rabbit Proof Fence, Angel Baby and Romper Stomper. Jonathan’s films have starred great Australian actors like Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush and Russell Crowe, as well as international stars such as Dennis Hopper and Chow Yun Fat. He is a former Investment Manager of the Australian Film Finance Corporation, Board member of Screen Producers Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.

The winning high school team of the federal stage of the competition will receive the ultimate prize of $5000 towards Israel travel.

“We are honoured to have such high calibre judges contributing to the scoring process and encourage the community in Sydney and Melbourne to show their support for students by voting on Facebook. Most importantly, we can’t wait to share the videos which showcase Israel in creative ways!” UIA NSW Shlicha Jasmine Malul said.

This year, the initiative was extended to include primary school-aged students and families from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to participate due to the ‘lockdown’ experienced during the pandemic, and staggered and unpredictable nature of the return to classrooms across the country.

Small teams were encouraged to create original short videos about Israel, with the purpose of engaging the community through Israel education and UIA, as well as generating more awareness about Israel and creating a sense of unity within the Australian Jewish community.

Vote for your favourite video on the UIA Australia Facebook page facebook.com/uiaaus from 27 July  

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