For the 11th year in a row, Lunafest, a traveling film festival that features short films for and about women, will stop in Fresno. The fundraising event is at the Peters Education Center Auditorium on the Fresno State campus starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The festival presents a variety of productions — from animated shorts to fictional dramas — by filmmakers from around the globe that cover topics such as women's health, body image, spirituality, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. It will travel to 150 cities.
Unlike past years, admission is free. But there will be a silent auction to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund and Fresno State Women's Resource Center. Parking is also free after 4 p.m.
For more information, go to lunafest.org or call the Women's Resource Center at (559) 278-4435.
The films in this year's festival include:
"Date with Fate" (Venetia Taylor): In the world of blind dating, some things are meant to be, like it or not.
"First Match" (Olivia Newman): Fourteen year-old Monique "Mo" Morris prepares for her first co-ed high school match.
"Flying Anne" (Catherine van Campen): An 11-year-old suffers from Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, a condition that makes her body do things she doesn't want it to do.
"Granny's Got Game" (Angela Alford): A group of septuagenarian women in Raleigh, N.C., love to play basketball.
"Maria of Many" (Alexandra Liveris): Mexican immigrant joins the San Francisco Women's Collective — an all women worker-run group that does cleaning jobs in exchange for activism on behalf of the rights of domestic laborers.
"Running Dry" (Dimitra Nikolopoulou): A Greek woman learns her own financial problems aren't as bad as those faced by others.
"Sidewalk" (Celia Bullwinkel): Animated tale of a woman who learns to love herself.
"Sound Shadows" (Julie Engaas): An animated look at a world where sound gives shape to space.
"Tiny Miny Magic" (Danielle Lurie): A woman and her mailman begin exchanging gifts.
Lunafest, 5:30 p.m. today at the Peters Education Center Auditorium on the Fresno State campus, lunafest.org, (559) 278-4435, free.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter.