For the ninth consecutive year, the Southern Idaho chapter of Girls on the Run will host LUNAFEST, a national film festival consisting entirely of films by women, for women and about women.

    Next Thursday, Oct. 3, Girls on the Run will take over the Argyros Performing Arts Center to present the nine short films that make up this year’s Lunafest roster.

    The lineup features a mixture of live action, animated, fiction and documentary films, touching upon a wide array of topics and representing women and girls from all walks of life.

    “As usual, Lunafest has lined up a good variety that hits on a lot of different themes, capturing ethnic and racial diversity as well as age diversity,” said Mary Fauth, executive director of Girls on the Run Southern Idaho. “The films themselves are quite diverse as well, just considering animated versus live action, fiction versus documentary, etc.”

    With its varied lineup centered on the unifying theme of womanhood, Lunafest pairs perfectly with Girls on the Run in terms of objectives, goals and values.

    “As an organization concerned about how our young girls view themselves as individuals and as a part of the world, we really appreciate this opportunity to share so many different types of stories as are represented in the Lunafest series,” Fauth said.

    The annual film festival is organized and funded by Luna, the nutrition bar designed for women, as a major charity event each year. All proceeds from Lunafest screenings go to benefit nonprofit organizations to support women and girls. The Ketchum screening will benefit both the local chapter of Girls on the Run and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports female documentary filmmakers.

    In addition to the films, the Lunafest screening event will also feature the annual Girls on the Run photo/essay contest. Event organizers have asked for submissions from girls ages 8 through high school seniors.

    “Girls are invited to submit a photo they personally took and a corresponding 100-word essay about what inspires them to pursue their dreams,” Fauth explained. “We will select anywhere from eight to 12 submissions to display at the event, and attendees can vote for the winner.”

    The selected winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card to use in support of those dreams.

    Girls on the Run is accepting submissions and will continue to do so until Monday, Sept. 30. Those who wish to take part in the contest can enter photos and corresponding essays to Fauth via email at

    Rounding out the evening’s contest and screening will be a preshow presentation in the Argyros’ upstairs Bailey Studio about the work of Girls on the Run, a raffle and a silent auction.

    This year’s auction items were donated from several local businesses, including Valley Apothocary, Sun Valley Co., Blaine County Title, Galena Lodge, Decked and Clear Mind Graphics.

    Tickets for the 2019 Lunafest are now available online at Adult admission costs $30. Students and seniors may attend for $20. For those seeking an extra dose of Hollywood panache for their arrival, special Red Carpet tickets are also available for $60 apiece.

    For those who wish to enter along the red carpet, those tickets also include complimentary wine and appetizers, a souvenir gift and entry into the Pamper Me raffle, which includes more than $700 of donated products and services. Tickets for this raffle may be purchased online at for those who cannot attend.

    With a touch of pomp and circumstance coupled with extremely attractive donated prizes, the 2019 Ketchum Lunafest looks to be yet another bright feather in the proverbial cap of Girls on the Run, but as with all the organization’s events, the primary objective is to offer support and promotion to local girls.

    “I love the cross-section of our supporters, families and volunteers coming together for an evening with the community to celebrate these different stories,” Fauth said. “It’s a wonderful chance to highlight what we do in the valley.”

    In the past, films have generally been rated TV-16, encouraged for teen audiences as they touch upon some more grown-up topics that some may find inappropriate for children. Fauth suggested that this current crop may be fit for young audiences. Inquiries related to content may be directed to Fauth at the above email.

    The red carpet entry—followed by a reception and the silent auction—will commence at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, followed an hour later by the screenings.

    To learn more about the festival and view previews of the nine short films, visit or

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