Missoula's YWCA is putting on a female driven film fest at The Wilma and it's going to be tons of fun so don't miss it! Lunafest is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing Montana women together. It will be hosted by the YWCA Missoula’s GUTS! program on Thursday, April 26th from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Wilma.

Lunafest will feature nine short films by women filmmakers, a raffle, silent auction, and special performance by the GUTS! girls. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Tickets are $15 in advance for all ages, general admission tickets, $18 the day of the show, if available. Get tickets at the Top Hat or online.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the GUTS! program and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers. And if you're not familiar with the wonderful GUTS! program, it is "Girls Using Their Strengths." It's a "unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages young women to explore their own personal values and discover their strengths through wilderness adventures in the summer, as well as after-school groups and community service projects during the academic year."

From the YWCA:

In the face of a culture that sexualizes young girls and places more value on external appearance rather than inner strength, GUTS! provides a safe and supportive environment for girls. Our women staff and volunteers help girls build their confidence, explore important issues, develop strong and healthy relationships, practice their leadership skills, learn about nature, laugh, play, and have FUN!

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