Director Biography – Monica Walton (THE CHANGE PROJECT)

Monica Walton is a tv producer, filmmaker, presenter, drone pilot and travel journalist with almost a decade of experience working in the media industry in London & internationally. She’s worked with airlines, global resorts, brands and travel companies such as Jeep, Jetsetter, Ritz-Carlton, Westin, Marriott & Kimpton Hotels, DJI Global & tourism boards to bring stories to life through her lens.

Director Statement

A new study in the Cayman Islands found that 1 in 3 young people have thought about suicide – a very taboo topic on the island. The number one cause was ‘ bullying on social media’. I wanted to delve into the fragile minds of the youth, hear their experiences of this psychological abuse that so many of us experience every day ( myself included). I wanted to explore how their minds work and come closer to learning why young people in the Cayman Islands are so prone to suicidal ideation when faced with online abuse & harassment. It was the first time young people have spoken out publicly about their fears and traumas & I’m proud of them for speaking up.

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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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