Lunafest set for Thursday: Women-focused film fest features silent auction, screenings

Lunafest – Film Festival

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

LUNAFEST heads to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., bringing eight short films “by, for, about women” to support two causes.

Established in 2000 by the makers of LUNA nutrition bars, LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival which aims to showcase films by women filmmakers. For the past four years, Girls on the Run (GOTR) Eastern Iowa has brought LUNAFEST to Coralville. The festival works to bring women’s stories to communities across the country, while raising money for local causes; all proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Fund and the GOTR Scholarship Program.

“The themes represented in the films correlate so well with the lessons and values the girls learn through GOTR—loving yourself and your body, embracing our differences and finding strength in connectedness, unlocking your limitless potential and boldly pursuing your dreams, whatever they may be,” said Esther Baker, executive director of GOTR.“These filmmakers are sharing stories of women and girls who are fearless, creative, confident and strong.”

Lunafest begins with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by film screenings at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include food and desserts from local businesses. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and GOTR. Because of some adult themes, this event is recommended for ages 16 and older.

This article was originally published in Little Village issue 170.

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