LUNAFEST- Film Festival - January 23, 2018

Zonta Club of Sanibel/Captiva brought LUNAFEST, a festival and moderated discussion showcasing women filmmakers, to Sanibel on January 23. The festival featured seven short films shown from 7-9pm at The Sanibel Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival begun 2000 by Kit Crawford, founder of LUNA nutritional bars, highlight female filmmakers and to raise awareness about women’s issues and bring women together.

The public had the chance to weigh in on the films and their topics during a discussion following the presentations. The conversation was moderated by Karen Pati, an island resident and long-standing member of Zonta who served as club president and governor of Zonta District 11.

An activist and humanitarian, Ms. Pati was one of three women named “People To Praise” in 2005 by The News-Press for her anti-slavery efforts. She is also a founding board member and current board president for Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, which seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Lunafest is an important opportunity for the public to contribute to a more equitable society, noted Ms. Pati. “Statistics confirm females remain underrepresented in films as actresses, filmmakers, producers, etc., and the same can be said for most professions,” she said. “Join us for these thought provoking films and discussion on stereotypes, actions and reactions, and/or how we can contribute to a more equal world…or at least a more equal island.”

Tickets for LUNAFEST were $20 and benefited the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, which distributes grants to local organizations that assist women in need, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. The latter is a non-profit associated with LUNAFEST that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose works bring about social change.

This event was a huge success. !