Shalini Kantayya is a filmmaker, educator, and activist uses film/video as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through an imaginative media that makes a real impact. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on FOX’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. A William D. Fulbright Scholar in documentary film, her work received the first prize award for best documentary at the Asian American Film Festival, Best Short at Palm Beach International and Audience Choice at IUOWF. She is currently a Food and Policy Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.