CALLING ALL WOMEN DIRECTORS to the 20th Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival celebrating short films by and about women.

The 2021 LUNAFEST program will explore stories from a variety of perspectives under the theme of Someday is Now, championing the timely, yet eternal relevance of women’s aspirations, accomplishments, resilience, power and unity.

We are seeking films with stories of women:
• Who want, need, demand and create change
• Who are better together and unite for a common cause
• Who are growing, changing, reaching, committing, persisting, achieving goals
• Who break molds and pave new paths
• Who have big dreams, face incredible odds, make critical decisions, take consequential actions and celebrate huge triumphs
• Who have strength, smarts, spirit, and joy

LUNA Bar does not hope for change. We bring it. LUNA is committed to inspiring women, championing change, and demanding that equality be a right, not an option. This is not something we wish for—we’re doing something about it. This fierce attitude fueled us to create LUNAFEST.

Almost two decades ago, LUNA Bar saw that women were painfully underrepresented in film. So, in 2001 we created the first all-women traveling film festival. Our first event was a small but hopeful screening in California.

Now, LUNAFEST annually showcases the work of 6-10 talented women filmmakers (We’ve opened opportunities for more than 160 women filmmakers since 2001) and serves as a vehicle for raising awareness and funds for causes that women care about. Each year, screenings are held in more than 200 cities and in front of 25,000+ people.

To date, LUNAFEST has raised over $5 million and worked with more than 1,600 women’s nonprofits – with 100% of the net proceeds of each event donated directly to charity.
Please note: Your film submission fee is donated directly to our partner Chicken & Egg Pictures. Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. The organization envisions a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry.

The director of each selected film will receive an award of $2,500.00. Winning films will be presented by women’s organizations to audiences at more than 200 venues throughout North America and serve as a vehicle for raising awareness and funds for causes that women care about.

-Submitted films must be directed by a woman* or women to be considered.
-The lead character(s) in the film should be a woman/female or women.
-Only films under 18 minutes in duration will be considered.
-You, the filmmaker, must certify that you have the rights necessary to commit this film to LUNAFEST screenings in over 200 locations during the 2021 season: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021.
-Short films in any form (documentary, fiction, animation, etc.) are accepted.
-If not in English, your film must be in its original language with English subtitles.
-Short films relating to the theme SOMEDAY IS NOW will be the most competitive.
Judging criteria also include the filmmaking quality, a unique and compelling point of view, and relevance and timeliness of the content/subject matter. The film’s integrity, authenticity and the dialogue generated among its viewers will also be rated.

*LUNAFEST and Chicken & Egg Pictures support self-identifying women (cis or trans) and gender nonconforming individuals.

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Overall Rating
  • May Yam

    I was so honored to be selected for the year of 2020, fantastically well organized and very rewarding. I instantly felt like family! I can’t recommend them any higher!

    April 2021
  • It's a great way to get your short film seen! It goes all over the country to many places, helps to raise funds for women centric non-profits and a great showcase for short films by women.

    September 2019
  • Patricia Beckmann Wells

    This is a brilliant festival and an honor to be a part of.

    July 2017