On Saturday, January 27th, Soroptimist International of Palm Springs hosted our 7th annual fundraising short film festival, LunaFest Palm Springs.
Our first year at our new location, Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School, proved to be our biggest and best event to date!!
With close to 600 in attendance, our annual fundraiser turned out to be a smashing success!!
The morning started with complimentary fresh coffee provided by Ristretto and pastries provide by Aspen Mills. In attendance was Dee Dee Wilson Barton from Barton CPA, our Diamond Sponsor through 2020.
We also had a special guest speaker, Joey Ally, Director of Joy Joy Nails, one of the short films included in this year's lineup. Joey told us about her start in film making and what it's like to be a woman in the film making industry, as well as answered audience questions.
Soroptimist of Palm Springs would like to thank our sponsors and all attendees for making our 2018 event the best to date!
We hope everyone will join us again next year for LunaFest Palm Springs 2019 on Saturday, January 26th, 2019!! Be sure to tell a friend!
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Joey Ally is a writer and director, a New Yorker who currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a member of the 2017 class of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women, the 2016 Tribeca/Chanel "Through Her Lens" program, the AFI/Fox Directors Lab 2017, and Universal's inaugural "Pitch to Premiere" lab, and was the recipient of “Video of the Year 2015” at WME|IMG.
A graduate of Amherst College, before moving behind the camera, Joey was an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater NYC. Her multiple award winning films MINIMUM WAGE, PARTNERS, and JOY JOY NAILS have screened internationally including at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, AFI Fest, Aspen ShortsFest, Outfest (Best of Fest), Palm Springs International Shortfest, and LAFF - PARTNERS debuted online with Vimeo Premieres, and Joy Joy Nails can be found online as part of The New Yorker's "The Screening Room". Most recently she co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in a dark comedy for Turner and Refinery29's Shatterbox program.
"Joy Joy Nails" is part of the 2018 LunaFest Palm Springs lineup!!
LunaFest is a film festival of short films made by, for, and about women. LunaFest Palm Springs is organized by Soroptimist International of Palm Springs, a women's service organization aiming to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Proceeds will benefit the Soroptimist of Palm Springs service projects, along with Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women filmmakers.
This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling - by, for and about women.
This year's LunaFest will be held at the new Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School. The newly renovated location will be able to accommodate 865 guests for what is sure to be our best event to date!
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