Filmmakers off to New York

Youngsters win tourism movie contest

Three budding young movie directors have won a weeklong scholarship at the New York Film Academy for their video shorts about the Cayman Islands. 

Lia Piper, McKayla Cupid and Raidez Perez were the winners in the junior, middle and senior age categories of the Department of Tourism’s Cayman… Through My Eyes short film competition. 

Ayana Davis Eden took the people’s choice award for her “Caymankind Inspires Me” short, which drew 990 votes. 

The competition, which began in January, challenged students to submit tourism-themed films of between one and three minutes. 

The four winners, from among 80 entries, received a one-week scholarship to attend the New York Film Academy Summer Camp. 

Acting Director of Tourism Rosa Harris praised the budding filmmakers, saying, “It is always refreshing to be reminded that the Caymankind spirit resides in all of us here, regardless of our age.  

“These young stars have showed an awareness of our culture, environment and what it really means to be a part of the Cayman Islands, and I believe that competitions like this help to inspire our youth to develop into ambassadors of Cayman.” 

The winners were announced at a special screening at Camana Bay cinemas last month. The judges for the competition were Tony Mark of Cathy Church Photo Centre, Ryan Rajkumarsingh of government’s Department of Communications and Information, and Tremayne Ebanks of Apex Video Solutions. 

The Cayman…Through My Eyes Film Competition was developed to help bring awareness to tourism, history, culture and a sense of pride about the Cayman Islands in our youth though film, a spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism said. 


Winners, from left, Mckayla Cupid, Raidez Perez and Lia Piper


Ryan Rajkumarsingh presents the People’s Choice Award to Ayana Davis Eden.