Lunafest rising: Touring film event sheds light on issues affecting women

It will be a glorious night of chick flicks. LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women will play in La Jolla on April 29 in the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The ninth annual national touring film festival will double as a benefit for Girls on the Run and the Breast Cancer Fund to promote awareness about women’s issues, highlight women filmmakers, and bring women together in their communities. It will begin with a wine reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by the films at 7:30 p.m.

Guests will view 10 short films by female filmmakers that highlight women as leaders in society. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

LUNAFEST films have won industry awards and audience accolades, and films selected for the 2010 LUNAFEST season share this brilliance, according to organizers.

Girls on the Run is part of a national organization of 160 chapters. The San Diego program, organized in 2006, provides an organized noncompetitive running program for preteen girls ages 8-12.

The twice-weekly sessions at 10 locations around the country focus on teaching patterns of success through exercise, nutritious eating habits and good decision-making skills. Led by certified Girls on the Run volunteer coaches, the program culminates each semester in a noncompetitive 5K event that gives participants a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. This year’s 5K is set for 8 a.m. May 8 at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay. Details are at


To date, LUNAFEST, created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $200,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and some $470,000 for other women’s nonprofit organizations.

If you go

  • What: LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women
  • When: April 29-5:30 p.m. wine reception, silent auction; 7:30 p.m. films
  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect, La Jolla
  • Tickets: $20 advance; $23 at the door; $12 students
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