Lunafest, the nationally touring short film festival, once again returns to Missoula to serve as a fundraiser for the YWCA of Missoula. The money raised goes to scholarships for the YWCA’s Girls Using Their Strengths summer wilderness adventures for girls ages 9 to 18. YWCA staff say over half of last year’s participants required a full or partial scholarship.
The GUTS! gals also plan to give a multimedia performance in collaboration with local dance and theater company Turning the Wheel Missoula. The event features the Labors of Love Silent Auction, which offers hand-crafted items, baked goods and guitar lessons, according to the Lunafest website. Last year, Lunafest raised $6,000 for GUTS! and over $1 million nationally.
This year’s films, all directed by women, cover a variety of topics in places including the United States, Canada, England and New Zealand. Stories vary from an animated story about dating a plastic surgeon, in Flawed, to a young gymnast’s adventures in Chalk. In Amanda Zackem’s Georgena Terry, she follows the founder of Terry Bicycles. Terry was a bicyclist who designed a bike frame specifically to fit women’s bodies. Terry’s success story of working in a male-dominated industry is the kind of inspirational tale that can transform how a young woman thinks about her world and her place in it.