Lunafest, short films by women, is April 2

There's not very many critically acclaimed women in film working behind the camera. But Lunafest - a film festival consisting of films directed, produced and written by women presented by Women's Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB) - delivers an opportunity to see the work of those women operating on the other side of the silver screen. Held at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 2, and supported by the Prescott Film Festival, the event's proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and WEB.

Putting the event together is Courtney Osterfelt, who said this will be the ninth time Lunafest has been brought to Prescott.

"It's a great opportunity to raise awareness for WEB... and women's issues," Osterfelt said. "And an affordable event that makes it possible for everyone to get behind the cause and show they care."

The festival's films are shown all over the world, Osterfelt said, noting that depending on time, each year has seven to 10. She added that for a location to be able to get the films, an application must be filled out. Osterfelt said she applied to get the films for Prescott and has been able to do it ever since.

Osterfelt said the films range from heartfelt to documentaries to animated shorts. "It's a very diverse viewing experience. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn, you'll be on the edge of your seat."

Osterfelt mentioned that the festival is a great opportunity to see what women are doing in regards to filmmaking as there's not very many recognized women in the industry creating and working behind the camera.

Furthermore, she said it's an opportunity to support good causes as a portion of the proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Fund and the rest goes toward scholarships for teen girls to be able to attend the annual WEB Conference. The conference covers issues teen girls face such as awareness of sexual assault and eating disorders to expressive art and chocolate making. And this conference, Osterfelt said, will be in honor of Cricket Harrington and Kayla Mueller.

"They were both WEB girls," Osterfelt said. "A lot of girls will be inspired by them."

Lunafest will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling 928-777-1370. Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to showtime.