Director Biography – Elena Gorgevska (SHARDS)

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Elena Gorgevska is 24 years old and is living in Toronto, Ontario. They are a survivor of trauma and have been writing from a very young age. They are particularly focused on telling true stories, those that are taboo and uncomfortably raw with feeling. They are bisexual and identify as gender non-binary.

Director Statement

1 in 3 women across Canada will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. And 1 in 6 men across Canada will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Those numbers and statistics, in our opinion, are far too great. And although there is nothing that we can directly do eradicate this tragedy, what we can do is bring light on to the situation to make the world know how difficult it is to overcome such a horror. Our goal is to make all genders feel as though they are not going through this alone and that there is hope in overcoming the pain.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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