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Lunafest: Short Films For, By, and About Women

Total Running Time: 83, digital, official site

Since 2000, LUNAFEST has showcased the work of talented women directors from all over the world. In 2018, this program of work by talented women filmmakers will be shown in more than 175 cities across the nation. Still, there are 2.13 male short-film directors to every female director, 2.13 male voices to every female voice heard, and 2.13 male stories to every female story not yet told. Join us at this celebration of films by, for, and about women and stick around for a reception for Filmfest DC ticket holders between the shows.

Complimentary reception between the two screenings, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM

Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber

Svetlana Cvetko
USA, 6 minutes
A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916.

Girls Level Up

Anne Edgar
USA, 10 minutes
A young Pakistani woman who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video games.

Waiting for Hassana

Ifunanya Maduka (Funa)
USA, 11 minutes
In 2014, the extremist organization Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. Waiting for Hassana is a harrowing first-person account of one girl's escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana—one of the many girls still unaccounted for.

Last Summer, in the Garden

Bekky O'Neil
Canada, 4 minutes
One woman's journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth.

Fanny Pack

Uttera Singh
USA, 11 minutes
A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport, hoping that she will follow his.

Joy Joy Nails

Joey Ally
USA, 19 minutes
In an upmarket Connecticut strip mall, Korean Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. When Chinese Mia starts training as a manicurist and seems to be stealing the boss's son's affections, Sarah gets her claws out—only to discover the terrible truth under the varnish at Joy Joy Nails.


Amanda Quaid
USA, 2 minutes
In 1930s farm country a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.


Megan Brotherton
USA, 13 minutes
Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but she never expected she'd actually show up.


Emily Sheskin
USA, 7 minutes
Ten-year-old Jesselyn "Jesszilla" Silva is serious about boxing and trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport.

Saturday, April 21
3:30 PM
Saturday, April 21
6:00 PM


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