UIA ‘My Israel’ School Video Competition Goes Federal in 2020

June 3, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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UIA’s video competition, ‘My Israel’ is returning for a second year in Jewish Day schools Melbourne and Perth and Sydney.

The initiative has also been extended to include both primary and high school-aged students, as well as the option for families to participate due to the ‘lockdown’ experienced during the pandemic and the staggered and unpredictable nature of the return to classrooms across the country.

In small teams, students and families are encouraged to create original short videos about Israel covering topics including history, food, politics, culture, hi-tech, security, agriculture and tourism.

The purpose of the competition is to engage the community through Israel education and UIA, as well as generate more awareness about Israel and create a sense of unity within the Australian Jewish community.

The top videos from each school will be entered into the state-based competition, which will be judged by a panel of experts from the film and entertainment industry. The winning teams from the state-based competition will enter the federal stage of the competition, where the overall winning videos (primary and high school) from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will be determined by Facebook votes. 

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

UIA NSW Shlicha Jasmine Malul said: “At UIA, we are for the People of Israel, so what could be better than school students educating and connecting the community through short videos covering topics related to Israel? We are excited to launch this project for the second year, and the first year in schools federally – Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Since we are all practising social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating videos to enter the competition is a great activity for students to do at home!”

Watch videos from Sydney and Melbourne schools from 29 June on the UIA Australia Facebook page: facebook.com/uiaaus 

Vote for your favourite video overall on the UIA Australia Facebook page on 27-31 July

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