Lunafest is an annual traveling film festival that features short films for and about women.
It’s only been a few months since the last Lunafest was held in March. Joury Robles, Lunafest coordinator at Fresno State, explains the event had always been held in October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month but was moved to the earlier date because of scheduling conflicts.
“We saw the way things worked this month with not too much overlapping. This is one of the biggest events for Fresno State. I think a lot of people are not expecting it to come back so soon,” Robles says.
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.
Robles describes this year’s lineup as diverse group of films dealing with a variety of topics.
Admission is $7 for Fresno State students (with ID) and $12 general admission. All proceeds — that includes a raffle — benefit the Unlike past years, admission is free. But there will be a silent auction to raise money for the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund and Fresno State Women's Resource Center. Parking is free after 4 p.m.
The next fund-raising event will be held tonight at Fresno State’s North Gym, room 118.
The films in this year's festival include:
•“A Good Match” (Lyn Elliot):
When Ann and Alex split up, the question is whether that means it’s also the end of the relationship with Alex’s mom. Ann wants to give the relationship another try.
•“Chicas Day” (Susan Béjar):
On a girl’s day out anything is possible as long as no one forgets this is just a game.
A group of women form an all-female mariachi band as a way of challenging the male dominated world.
•“Lady Parts” (Emily Fraser, Katharine Gorringe):
Lady Parts Automotive brings a woman’s touch to an industry controlled by men.
•“Miss Todd” (Kristina Yee):
Animated story of a young woman trying to understand the principles of flight in 1910 New York.
•“Tits” (Louisa Bertman):
Tale of feminine exploration.
•“Tryouts” (Susana Casares):
Muslim American girl faces major hurdles to join her new high school’s cheerleading team.
•“Viva” (Amanda Bluglass):
Documentary on Cornwall’s grandmother of punk.