U-Idaho Women’s Center Celebrates Women with Award-Winning Films at LUNAFEST

Friday, March 8 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The U-Idaho Women’s Center will celebrate its eighth anniversary of hosting the only national touring festival of short films by, for and about women. The LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival will take place in Moscow on Thursday, March 21, 2013. LUNAFEST™, produced by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women?, provides a national platform for independent women filmmakers to share their talents and stories.

“This is a great opportunity to bring the campus and community together for a fun, educational event, and celebrate women and their contributions,” said Lysa Salsbury, program coordinator at the Women’s Center.

As a special additional feature to the event, inaugurated at last year’s festival, the Women’s Center will host a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. with beverages by Camas Prairie Winery and complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Mikey’s Gyros.

The screening, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, located at 508 S. Main Street in Moscow, includes nine award-winning films selected from more than 200 submissions that made their way through a multi-stage judging process. The films to be shown at this year’s LUNAFEST address a wide range of topics, including health, women’s athletic prowess, women and outdoor recreation activities, women’s art, relationships and personal identity.

“The films chosen for the festival are all top quality, and promise to engage the audience,” said Salsbury. “I hope some great discussion will come out of the evening.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund, a national non-profit that funds research into the environmental causes of breast cancer. Any additional profits will benefit the Betsy Thomas Memorial Gender Equality Scholarship provided by the Women’s Center, a scholarship offered annually in the amount of $1,000 to two deserving students.

Tickets for LUNAFEST are on sale at the Women's Center, located in the Memorial Gym on the University of Idaho campus, and Book People of Moscow, at 521 S. Main Street in downtown Moscow. Tickets for the reception are $10 for students with valid ID, $15 for general admission, and include the films, one ticket to a multi-prize raffle of gift items donated by local businesses and organizations, free appetizers, and one beverage of choice. Admission to the films only is $3 for students, $8 for general admission.

For more information on the Moscow LUNAFEST, please visit the official LunaFest website at www.lunafest.org or the Women’s Center’s website at www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/womenscenter, or contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-2777 or wcenter@uidaho.edu.

All interested media should visit LUNAFEST’s media resource page for film stills, trailers, and information about the film festival: www.lunafest.org/mediaroom.
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About the Women’s Center

Since 1972, the University of Idaho Women's Center has been a voice for gender equity on campus, discussing issues of concern to women and other targeted groups, holding informational conferences, organizing educational programs, networking and engaging the campus and local communities in dialogue in an effort to build a more inclusive and compassionate society. For more information, call (208) 885-2777 or visit www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/womenscenter.

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.