Thursday, February 3, 2011

First International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest Announces Winners

First International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest Announces Winners

A year ago, Stop the Wall and itisapartheid.org began to collaborate on the first International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest. This contest encouraged the local Palestinian and larger international community to submit short films on the theme of Israeli Apartheid. From the videos submitted, the top ten short films were chosen to be showcased on the website. The organizers say “the media, especially in the United States, does not report the truth about Israeli Apartheid. The contest is an attempt to engage young activists all over the world to use the creative resources of video to get the issue of Israeli Apartheid into the mainstream.”

A process of viewing and voting on the films took place over the last months of 2010. Three panels of judges were formed to determine the winners of the four awards. The Expert Panel prize was determined by an international panel of experts in the fields of film and the Israeli Occupation. The Global Jury prize was determined by internet voting by anyone who visited the website and viewed the films during the fall of 2010. The scores submitted at two separate showings in Palestine determined the Palestinian Jury prize. And lastly, the Overall prize was awarded to the most outstanding film.

The winning films are as follows:

The Expert Panel prize and Overall prize was awarded to “Road Map to Apartheid” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvwj6t_B_Q&feature=player_embedded

The Global Jury prize was awarded to “Confronting the Wall” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4z06MlgdzQ&feature=player_embedded

The Palestine Jury prize was awarded to “Ali Wall” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahap7fXRP10&feature=player_embedded

For further information on the contest or to view more videos, visit: http://www.itisapartheid.info/

These powerful films are starting to circulate on the internet all over the world. There have been showing of the films, in the US, Canada, Venezuela , Britain, Australia, France and the Netherlands.