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

Tuesday, March 4 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Women’s Center will celebrate its ninth 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 at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

“LunaFest has become a long-standing tradition in Moscow, one that both the campus and local community look forward to every year,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of the Women’s Center.

As a special additional feature to this year’s event, the Women’s Center is inviting submissions of original short films (15 minutes or less) by student and amateur filmmakers to show at the beginning of the festival, to highlight the work of promising up-and-coming artists. Digital submissions must be received by Friday, March 7 in order to be included in the festival. Filmmakers whose work is shown at the festival will receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

“We’re hoping that this addition to the festival will draw more attendees,” said Salsbury. “It’s a great opportunity for novice filmmakers to screen their work for an enthusiastic and supportive audience.”

The Women’s Center will host a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. with beverages by Camas Prairie Winery and complimentary appetizers by Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, located at 508 S. Main Street in Moscow.

The screening will follow at 7:30 p.m. and includes nine award-winning films selected from more than 200 submissions in 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 labor, women in poverty, intimate relationships, and personal identity.

“The films are always outstanding,” said Salsbury. “Women directors are still desperately underrepresented in the industry. It’s an honor to help promote the artistic contributions of women through film.”

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 for up 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 BookPeople of Moscow, at 521 S. Main Street in downtown Moscow. Tickets for the reception are $6 for students with valid ID, $12 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, and $6 for general admission.

LUNAFEST, produced by LUNA?, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women?, provides a national platform for independent women filmmakers to share their talents and stories. 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.

About the UI 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) 885-6616, e-mail wcenter@uidaho.edu, or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.

Lysa Salsbury
Director, Women’s Center
(208) 885-2777

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps 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. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.