I went to my first Lunafest at the Wilma last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had! I was expecting something a little more serious but what we got was a lot of laughs, a genuinely great time and a handful of superb films.

Lunafest is a traveling fest showing a collection of short films by, for and about women. The Missoula YWCA GUTS! program will host the event at the Wilma on Wednesday, April 17th. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Top Hat and online and $18 at the door, although I sincerely doubt any will be available at the door. All proceeds from Lunafest will benefit the GUTS! program and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers.

Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!) is a unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women and gender diverse youth, ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages youth to explore their own personal values and discover their strengths through outdoor adventures in the summer, as well as after-school groups, skilled trades workshops and community service projects during the academic year.

The event is all ages, I highly recommend bringing your middle school and high school students, with doors opening at 6 with films starting at 7 p.m.

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