The LUNAFEST Mission
To celebrate and inspire women through the art of film and community fundraising.
LUNAFEST is a national traveling film festival that features short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA®, makers of the first nutrition bar for women to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations.
All proceeds from LUNAFEST are donated to Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas. GOTR Heart of Kansas is a not for profit located in Wichita, Ks. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Why It Matters: Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.