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The Jerusalem Challenge

National Geographic Entertainment, The Distributors of “Jerusalem” The Movie, and the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launches The Jerusalem Challenge


National Geographic Entertainment has teamed up with the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) to support the launch of The Jerusalem Challenge, a competition sponsored by CFHU, in conjunction with the North American launch of the giant screen film, Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Challenge will be an opportunity for people in the US and Canada to share their work or ideas on how to build awareness and understanding between people of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. The grand prize winner in each of two age categories is a trip for two to Jerusalem and $2,500 to put toward the work already being done by the winner or to help make the winning idea a reality. One of the trips will be provided by Nat Geo Expeditions.

Now through March 2, 2014, entrants should submit applications online via this link, the Facebook page for Jerusalem. A judging panel comprised of Jerusalem producer/writer/director Daniel Ferguson, Provost of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University Professor Mimi Ajenstadt, filmmaker, author and athlete Paul Saltzman, and Fiona Eberts, wife of Jerusalem Executive Producer, the late Jake Eberts, will determine the challenge finalists based on the essay or video responses to the question: What ideas do you have or what are you already doing to make the world a better place by bringing people together from different cultures, backgrounds, or beliefs?

The judging panel will choose the top 5 submissions in each of two age categories: 15 years old and under who have a parent’s permission to enter; and 16 years and older. The 10 finalists will be unveiled on March 24, 2014, when the public will be tasked to vote for the top 2 winners, each of whom will win $2500 and a trip for 2 to Jerusalem hosted by National Geographic and the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The winner in the 15-years old and under category will also be gifted a one-year subscription to National Geographic Magazine and a one-year membership to their local museum and IMAX® theater, as well as a trip for two to Jerusalem provided by Nat Geo Expeditions.

[quote]The Jerusalem Challenge exemplifies National Geographic’s mission to build awareness and understanding between people of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment. “The competition will encourage the discussion and give several lucky fans the opportunity to discover the distinctive sites featured in our Jerusalem film firsthand, and explore why the Old City is so unique and beloved.[/quote]

In addition to The Jerusalem Challenge, online visitors to the Facebook page for Jerusalem The Movie can test their Jerusalem I.Q. by answering a variety of trivia questions about Jerusalem every week for the opportunity to win prizes, including National Geographic film collections and magazine subscriptions, cookbooks and film posters. Everyone who answers the trivia questions will be entered into a weekly drawing, with winners chosen randomly every Monday.

Filmed for the first time in 3D for IMAX® and Giant Screen theaters, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world’s most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions, representing over half the world’s population, through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city’s holiest sites cherished by billions, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City, combine to make Jerusalem a unique and stunning cinematic experience.

For more information about the film Jerusalem, including Theater Listings, links to the trailer, and behind-the-scenes videos as well as The Jerusalem Challenge and IQ Trivia Contest, visit www.jerusalemthemovie.com. Become a fan on Facebook and answer the trivia questions, and follow us on Twitter, #jerusalemfilm.

About National Geographic Cinema Ventures/National Geographic Entertainment

National Geographic Cinema Ventures / National Geographic Entertainment is responsible for production and distribution of giant screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV / NGE has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV / NGE, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV / NGE distribution. For more information, visit this link.

About the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University

The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to attend the university. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), founded in 1918, is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world (59th in 2013) and first among Israeli universities. HU lies at the forefront of the international academic and scientific communities, many top prizes and awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel Prizes and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.

Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, and Sigmund Freud, were among the university’s founders, they were thinkers and visionaries whose genius inspired a university that would have no limits or borders. HU is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice. Visit this link.

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Many will enter, few will win. To obtain Official Rules go to this link. Open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada (including Quebec) who are under 15 years old with permission of a parent, and 16 years old plus. Employees of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University and Jerusalem 3D US LP (the “Sponsor”), National Geographic Entertainment, and related parties are ineligible. Entries must be submitted between December 9th and March 2, 2014. Limit one entry per person; limit one essay and/or video per person. To enter, write an original personal essay in English up to 300 words. You may include a video (up to 60 seconds) telling us what is your idea or what are you already doing to make the world a better place by bringing people together from different cultures, backgrounds, or beliefs? Visit this link for rules and regulations. One (1) Grand Prize winner from the 15 years old and under category will win a trip for two for a week to Jerusalem, Israel provided by National Geographic Expeditions (ARV US $10,000), as well as $2,500 US. One (1) Grand Prize winner from the 16 years old and up category will win a trip for two for a week to Jerusalem, Israel provided by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (ARV US $5,000), as well as $2,500 US. If winner is a minor and under the age of majority the winner will have to be accompanied on the trip by his/her parent or legal guardian. Dates of prize trips are subject to change at discretion of Sponsor. Contest is void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received and skill of the entrant.

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