LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women® Screens at New York Film Academy Los Angeles

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The 18th Annual Women’s Film Festival will be hosted by the Zonta Club of Burbank Area at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Burbank, CA, on March 9, 2019. LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women® is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities.

LUNAFEST 2019 is screening Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1pm, NYFA Theater, 3300 Riverside Drive, 2nd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505

LUNAFEST 2019 is screening Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1pm, NYFA Theater, 3300 Riverside Drive, 2nd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505

"LUNFAFEST is one of the most beautifully curated short film festivals I've ever seen. These diverse, moving, incredibly human stories will touch every heart." - Crickett Rumley, NYFA Director, Film Festivals

The 18th Annual Women’s Film Festival will be hosted by the Zonta Club of Burbank Area at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Burbank, CA, on March 9, 2019. LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women® is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities.

Comprised of eight curated short films by women filmmakers, LUNAFEST highlights women as leaders in society. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover issues such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. The event will be held at the NYFA Theater at New York Film Academy’s Riverside campus.

"LUNFAFEST is one of the most beautifully curated short film festivals I've ever seen,” says Crickett Rumley, NYFA Director, Film Festivals. “These diverse, moving, incredibly human stories will touch every heart. As the host of this year's program for the Zonta Club of the Burbank Area, the New York Film Academy is proud to celebrate women filmmakers from around the world. We extend a warm welcome to our Los Angeles area community to come enjoy this wonderful show."

The festival is also a fundraising event; all proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Zonta Club of Burbank Area and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. To date, LUNAFEST—which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar—has raised more than $4 million for nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada.

"This is our eighth annual LUNAFEST event,” says Nickie Bonner, LUNAFEST co-chair for the Zonta Club of Burbank Area. “We got involved initially because it was an easy fundraiser that several other Zonta clubs had already done and a festival of films by, for, and about women fit perfectly with our mission to empower women. As time went on and we became more aware of the challenges facing women filmmakers, we began to see the festival as a way to advocate on their behalf, which seemed entirely appropriate as we are rooted in Burbank, a community at the center of the entertainment industry. LUNAFEST allows us to support women filmmakers and raise money to empower women in general through our ‘Wings’ community grants program."

Crickett Rumley, NYFA Director, Film Festivals will moderate a brief Q&A with two of the filmmakers after Saturday’s screening. The filmmakers on the panel will be Jackie Files (Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday) and Marie Jamora (Flip the Record). Here are the details for the event:

Screening of LUNAFEST films followed by a discussion with filmmakers and a reception:
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1pm
NYFA Theater
3300 Riverside Drive, 2nd Floor
Burbank, CA 91505

Tickets are available here.

About Zonta Club of Burbank Area
The Zonta Club of Burbank Area brings together volunteers with a passion for empowering women through service and advocacy. Since its chartering in 1936, the Zonta Club has brought together business people and community members willing to volunteer their time to raise money, advocate, and provide direct service to women in need.

About New York Film Academy
The New York Film Academy (NYFA) is a leading visual and performing arts school that offers hands-on intensive programs across 15 areas of study in New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach/Miami, Gold Coast (Australia), Florence (Italy), Mumbai (India), and more. Thousands of aspiring artists come to study at the New York Film Academy each year from over 120 countries. For more information, please visit nyfa.edu.

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