Lunafest -- a chance to enjoy short films produced by women -- is coming to Danville next week.
The festival, named after sponsor Luna Bar, features eight diverse films made by women. The traveling event started in 2000 in California and has gradually grown until this year's chosen works will be shown in 190 cities across the country.
"It's about giving women the opportunity to tell their stories and opening the door for filmmakers who might not otherwise be given the chance to show their art," said Kit Crawford, founder of Luna Bar.
Lunafest tries to even out the percentage of female directors, noting on its website that there are 2.13 male short-film directors for every one female director.
This year's eight short films will be shown at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St. in downtown Danville, at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 17). Tickets are $20 and be only be purchased in advance via www.eventbrite.com.
Lunafest films are not rated but organizers suggest this season's lineup is for ages 13 and over. The running time is 85 minutes.
The Danville Lunafest will benefit "She's All That!," an annual conference for girls in fifth through eighth grades hosted by Soroptimist International of San Ramon Valley. The conference is a day of workshops, friendship and teen empowerment, is in its 17th year, and has benefited more than 4,400 girls.
Lunafest will have a pre-party at 5:30 p.m. at the Vine, 480 Hartz Ave.
For more information, visit www.lunafest.org.