Film Screenings | MediaTech Conference | Media Education Programs | Film Diplomacy

At the intersection of media, technology, and education, a meeting of minds amongst media professionals, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs, to promote cultural exchange, social change, and a creative economy, between the United States and Israel.

A One Week Multiplatform Media Event

The Event

In partnership with the US Embassy in Israel and leading US and Israeli public & private sector, cultural, and educational institutions and business organizations, STATES OF MINDS was A MULTI-PLATFORM INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDIA EVENT that included an American independent film festival, a mediatech conference and educational and film diplomacy programs.


Five Locations Throughout Israel

Tel Aviv | Haifa | Holon | Jerusalem | Herzilya


Audiences and Participants

Broad Audiences in Diverse Communities

US & Israeli Governmental Agencies | Public & Private Sectors | Film & Media Industry | Academia | NGOs | Youth | Young Professionals | Students | General Audiences

An American Independent Film Festival

To Further Mutual Understanding and Social Change

Studio & Independent Feature-Length Films | Documentaries | Short Films

The States of Minds Film Festival highlighted up and coming American actors and directors with a new vision on social, cultural, and environmental issues. Their films offered a snapshot of ever-changing contemporary life and sparked reflection on how Americans and Israelis approach the same challenges.


MediaTech Conference

To Foster Media & Technology Innovations & Business Opportunities Between the US & Israel Among Students and Young Professionals

Conference | Discussion panels | Professional Sessions

Mission: Leading media and technology influencers from the private and public sectors will discuss the intersection of media and technology in the United States and in Israel. Exclusive events will bring together US and Israeli experts to address trends in media and technology industries and their regional and global implications. Conferences will be held at the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC) in Tel Aviv, and in educational institutions throughout Israel.

Vision: Entrepreneurs, young professionals and students will be given the unique opportunity to identify technological needs and challenges in the United States and how to participate in emerging and innovative media and technology partnerships between Israel and the United States.

Contributors: Media and technology entrepreneurs, American & Israeli governmental agencies & embassies, NGOs, business and educational institutions.

Media Education Programs

To Focus on Media Literacy and Youth Empowerment Through Public and Private Sector Joint Initiatives

Film Workshops | Master Classes

States of Minds launched the first “youth Empowerment Platform through Film and Media,” with a series of filmmaking workshops led by US and Israeli film professionals and education experts. Our mission was to engage youth from all communities in filmmaking and promote media literacy.

Film Diplomacy

Programs for Youth and Educational Professionals to Highlight Diversity and to Encourage the Bridging of Differences Among Cultures

Screening | Colloquy

Films have become a profoundly effective diplomatic tool for citizen diplomats as a means of building constituencies or movements for social causes. The selected films communicated the breadth and impact of the power of cinema.