Once a year, the Israel Video Network hosts a video competition called “Inspired by Israel.” The Grand Prize winner of the competition receives $8,000, plus, 18 additional winners will walk away with a total of $20,000 in cash prizes. The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation sponsors this annual event which runs through July 23rd. Are you an aspiring filmmaker or have a love for Israel? Here’s how the competition works:
Requirements and Deadlines for the Contest
Anyone, anywhere in the world is eligible to participate in the competition. The video should demonstrate how the State of Israel adds value to the world (this could be through innovations, art, science, culture, or anything else that inspires you about Israel). Or, your video could be an important pro-Israel message. It must present the nation in an inspirational and positive light and it must be original for the competition. You cannot submit a video that has been uploaded to another online platform.
Once the entry deadline passes (at 11:59 p.m. on July 23), all of the videos will be uploaded for voting, which begins on August 6. Up until August 13 anyone can vote for your video once. During this time, make sure to spread the word about your video! The top 10 videos with the most votes will be sent to a panel of judges, including Adam Milstein’s wife, Gila.
The judges will review the top 10 and rank them for prizes. This will take place by the end of August. Additionally, the staff at the Israel Video Network will vote for their favorite videos. Three additional videos will be awarded a staff’s choice award.
Cash Prizes for the Competition
A total of 19 different video entries have the opportunity to win cash prizes, donated by Adam and Gila Milstein’s Family Foundation. These include:
- $8,000 Grand Prize
- $4000 First Place
- $1000 Second Place (2 Winners)
- $500 Third Place (3 Winners)
- $250 Fourth Place (4 Winners)
- $100 Fifth Place (5 Winners)
- $1000 Israel Network Staff Choice Award (3 Winners)
*Note: this includes prizes for the winners ranking 11th thru 16th in votes by the public.
How Does the Competition Work?
To participate in this competition worth $20,000 in prizes, here are the steps:
Step 1:Register online by June 24. When you register, you’ll receive all the important information you need to participate in the contest.
Step 2:Make your video. Get creative as you work on the inspirational message about Israel. If you need some ideas for inspiration, check out Adam Milstein on Twitter. He regularly shares good news about Israel. And make sure to read through the official rules for the competition.
Step 3: Complete your video, including any edits, music, etc. no later than July 23 and submit it. No entries will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST that day.
Step 4: Voting begins on August 6. You can only vote once, so be sure to encourage your family, friends, and social network to vote so that you have a chance to win a big prize!
Step 5:Winners will be announced at the end of August. If your video wins the Grand Prize, you get $8000! First place receives $4000!
About the Israel Video Network
The Israel Video Network was founded in 2011. It was designed to be a voice for the people of Israel in mainstream media, where there was a void of information. The network addresses issues both on the military front and public opinion. Israel Video Network is devoted to showing the truth about what is really happening in Israel. The network reaches hundreds of thousands of people each day through social media channels.
Adam Milstein’s Connection to the Israel Video Network
The Israel Video Network is one of the numerous organizations that the philanthropist Adam Milstein supports through the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF). This foundation was founded by the Milsteins in 2011 to strengthen the State of Israel and its connection to the United States. Adam and Gila also work through MFF to promote the heritage and legacy of the Jewish people to young and future generations.
MFF utilizes three main principles in all of their philanthropic work. These are:
- Active Philanthropy– Through active philanthropy, MFF contributes time and resources to targeted organizations, projects, and programs (what they call “OPP”) rather than donating to a general fund. They want to ensure that their donations make the biggest impact on the OPPs that they support.
- Life Path Impact– The Milstein Family Foundation supports OPPs that carry on from early ages through young adulthood, following each other in succession.
- Philanthropic Synergy– Adam Milstein and his wife Gila connect different organizations together on various projects where there’s a good fit for collaboration to ensure greater overall success.
More About Adam Milstein
In addition to his work with his own foundation, Adam Milstein has been the Chairman of the Board of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) since 2015. The IAC is the largest Israeli-American organization in the United States reaching over one million Israelis. Its mission is to engage and unite Israeli-Americans and preserve the identity and heritage of the Israeli people for generations to come. It also encourages younger generations to step into leadership roles within the Jewish-American community.
Adam Milstein is a resident of Los Angeles California and is also a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate development firm with a portfolio valued at nearly $2 billion. He was born in Israel just four short years after the nation was born. He and his wife Gila moved to the United States in the early 1980s so that he could complete his MBA in entrepreneurship. After graduating, he began working for a subsidiary of Hager and has been in the real estate business ever since.
As Milstein began to experience great financial success from his business, he realized that he wanted something more than simply a financial reward. He began exploring the world of philanthropy and has been involved in it ever since. Milstein finds great fulfillment in donating time and resources to strengthening the State of Israel and its ties to the United States.