Years running: 22 (since 2001)


International short film festival: By, For and About Women.


LUNAFEST is seeking a diverse range of films which embody the unique, humorous, touching, and inspirational roles of women in our local, national and international communities. Past topics have included women's health, body image, sexuality, spirituality, sports, and cultural diversity. 


A minimum of $2500 will be awarded to each winning filmmaker.

The films will be shown at up to 180 venues across the United States and Canada.


  • Films must be directed by women.
  • Films accepted can be shorts, documentaries, animation, fiction or narratives. 
  • Films must be less than 20 minutes.
  • Each entry must be submitted In DVD format OR secure online viewing FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. 
  • Foreign language film soundtracks must be in the original language with English subtitles.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Cait Norgard (Lunafest Coordinator);
  • Suzy Starke German (Program Manager).



United States
Boca Raton

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Emeryville CA 94608

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 01, 2022
  • Eralybird Deadline
    June 01, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    July 01, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    August 01, 2022
  • Notifications
    September 18, 2022
  • Event Dates
    1 January — 31 December 2023
Categories & Fees

In order to qualify for this category the film MUST have been produced outside of USA, and directed and/or produced by women. All other films submitted to this category will be switched to the appropriate category. FILMS MUST BE 20 MINUTES OR LESS.

  • Eralybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20

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