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Annual film festival to come to Jupiter campus

Lunafest will present short films “by, for and about women.”

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Photo courtesy of Lunafest.

Photo courtesy of Lunafest.

Photo courtesy of Lunafest.

Kamilah Douglas, Contributing Writer

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Luna, the protein snack company, brings its traveling film festival, Lunafest to Florida Atlantic.

FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society will be hosting the festival once again this year on the Jupiter campus on Thursday at 6 p.m.

This year, Lunafest has a series of nine films ranging from 5-15 minutes. The festival will consist of live-action, animated, documentary and comedy films.

“It’s a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women,” Kami Batchelder said, the associate director of the Lifelong Learning Society.

Lunafest has been hosted on the Jupiter campus since 2005 and sold out for the first time in 2010. Since then, the film festival has sold out every year.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go to the main beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund. The remaining proceeds will go toward FAU scholarships for female students on the Jupiter campus.

Women currently attending the Jupiter campus for at least one class can apply for the Lunafest scholarship.

The festival was established in 2000 by the Luna company, which reviews submissions, selects films and chooses locations from a list of applicants that wish to host the film festival.

“We have local restaurants come out and they provide samples. Women’s organizations come out and provide information about the cause that’s either geared toward women or children,” Batchelder said.

There are many organizations that will be in attendance at Lunafest this year. Some include Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, the Jupiter/Tequesta Women’s Club, Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, Healing Touch Buddies, Dress for Success and the Jupiter Medical Center.

Batchelder said, “We really invited the community to come in and participate, which has drastically increased awareness about this film festival.”

Tickets are available for $20 online here.

Kamilah Douglas is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email kdouglas2014@fau.edu.

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