Special to The Daily Mail
LUNAfest, the 12th annual film festival emphasizing women and produced by women filmmakers, is open to the public at 7 p.m. in Cottey's Missouri Recital Hall Feb. 5. LUNAfest is a series of nine short films "by, for, and about women." Cost is a suggested $3 donation at the door, with all proceeds designated toward the Moss House. A reception will follow in the foyer.
Sponsored by the LUNA Bar, a nutrition bar designed for women and working to prevent breast cancer, LUNAfest features carefully selected films by women filmmakers from around the world.
"LUNAfest screens about 1,000 films every year," said Dr. Sonia Cowen, executive director of Cottey's Institute for Women's Leadership and Social Responsibility, and organizer of the event. "Out of that, this year they selected nine short films."
Those nine films have also been screened at other local and international film festivals, said Cowen. Locations include the New York City Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, London Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
The films emphasize topics such as female body image, friendship, self-esteem, facing challenges, and what happens when a cowardly boyfriend sends his 14-year-old brother to break up with his girlfriend.
Discounted LUNA bars will be available for purchase at the event, as well as a silent auction to raise money for the Moss House. In addition, Cowen said if attendees fill out and turn in a brief survey of the films, LUNAfest will donate an additional $250 to Moss House.
"We selected Moss House because we know that they deal with women's crises," said Cowen. As the event features women, Cowen said it was the perfect opportunity to help women in the process.
More information can be found at www.lunafest.org.