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Zonta to Host women’s film festival in January

December 4, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva will host LUNAFEST on Jan. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

LUNAFEST is a women's film festival and fundraiser dedicated to bringing women together, raising awareness about women's issues and highlighting female filmmakers. Begun in 2000 by the founder of LUNA nutritional bars, Kit Crawford, it is a traveling festival that features female talent in all aspects of filmmaking and across society.

The short films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as parenting, immigration, racism and sexism, as well as personal stories. Funded by LUNA, the initiative has so far raised more than $3 million for non-profits across the United States and Canada.

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Attendees watch a film from the 2018 LUNAFEST, which was held at The Community House.

LUNAFEST is one more way Zonta seeks to bring local women together.

"We want to encourage community awareness of women's issues as well as their talents as film makers," Carol Gestwicki, who heads the Zonta Club's service and advocacy team, said.

Proceeds from LUNAFEST benefit the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, which distributes grants to local organizations that assist and empower women and girls, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit associated with LUNAFEST that supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose works bring about social change.

Tickets are $20 each.

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For more about the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, visit



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