LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®

17th Annual National Touring Morning of Short Films Coming to Palm Springs on January 27, 2018

Soroptimist International of Palm Springs and Diamond Sponsor Barton CPA present LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, at the Richards Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10 a.m.

This unique morning of short films highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. A Question and Answer session with Joey Ally, director of Joy Joy Nails, will follow the screening. 

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit local Soroptimist charities including the Soroptimist House of Hope recovery program for chemically dependent women and the Ophelia Project mentoring program for at-risk girls and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, has raised over $3 million for local women’s non-profit organizations. For film synopses and trailers, check out our films page or visit


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Coffee and pastry reception at 9 a.m.

Showing of LUNAFEST Films at 10 a.m.

Q&A with Joy Joy Nails director Joey Ally immediately following screening


 Richards Center for the Arts, 2248 Ramon Road, Palm Springs 



$20 in advance or $25 at the door

Available for purchase at or by calling (760) 323-3586

LunaFest 2018 Diamond Sponsor

Special Guest Speaker

Joey Ally, filmmaker of "Joy Joy Nails", will be at our event to answer your questions after the screening!

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 2018


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. 

It's Showtime!

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. 

New Location!!

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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