Filmmaker, educator, and activist Shalini Kantayya uses film/video as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on FOX’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg search of Hollywood’s next great director. A William D. Fulbright Scholar in documentary, her film The Churning received the award for best documentary at the Asian American Film Festival. Her recent film, a DROP of LIFE won Best Short at Palm Beach International, Audience Choice Award at the IUOW Film Competition, and a Crystal Dior Nomination at Tokyo Short Shorts. She has received recognition from Jerome Foundation’s Centennial, Media Action Network for Asian Americans, among others.