(JNS.org) A poetic exploration of a teenager’s five-year journey in Israel since making aliyah recently won the $8,000 grand prize in the second annual “Inspired by Israel” video contest.
Videos submitted to the competition—which was sponsored by the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in partnership with the 12Tribe Films Foundation—amassed more than half a million views in 236 countries during a 10-day public voting period, organizers said.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, a featured speaker at the awards ceremony, praised the concept of the contest.
“We always say that a picture is worth a thousand words. One good video clip developed by real people—that get excited and demonstrate their love, for our city, for our country—is the best way to promote Jerusalem and Israel. It makes a huge impact around the world,” Barkat said.
Sivan Felder and Batsheva Shachnovitz won the grand prize for “Olah Chadasha” (translated as new immigrant). A total of 19 winners shared $20,000 in cash prizes.
“This contest allows people from all around the world to celebrate the amazing people, places and innovations of Israel,” said philanthropist Adam Milstein, co-founder of the Milstein Family Foundation. “The submissions this year show the profound effect of Israel on individual people and around the world.”