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SHORT FILMS BY, FOR AND ABOUT WOMEN
In 2000, LUNA started LUNAFEST – a traveling film festival celebrating, showcasing and championing women in film. The festival is a fundraiser held by any host who wants to raise funds for a local women’s cause while supporting the main beneficiary – Chicken & Egg Pictures.
LUNAFEST is making a mark in the industry by creating a platform for women’s untold stories and working to increase opportunity for women filmmakers.
Buttercup by Megan Brotherton- Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she’d actually up.
Girls Level Up by Anne Edgar-A young Pakistani women who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game.
Toys by Amanda Quaid- In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.
Fanny Pack by Uttera Singh-A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.
Joy Joy Nails by Joey Ally- In an upmarket Connecticut strip mall, Korean Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. When Chinese Mia starts training as a manicurist, and looks to be stealing the boss’s son’s affections, Sarah gets her claws out—only to discover the terrible truth under the varnish at JOY JOY NAILS.
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber by Svetlana Cvetko- A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916.
Jesszilla by Emily Sheskin- Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport.
Waiting For Hassana by Ifunanya Maduka- In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana — one of the many girls still unaccounted for…
Last Summer, In The Garden by Bekky O’Neil- Last summer, in the garden recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth. Last summer, in the garden is featured in the touring program The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows.