Virtual Film Festival

June 17, 2021

LUNAFEST 2021 will be LIVE STREAMED with a PRE-EVENT Zoom Party on Thursday, June 17th! Tickets are $25 per person and include 7 unique short films and a lively conversation at our POST-EVENT CHAT. 


Special LUNAFEST Appetizers In the Comfort of Your Own Home

1618 offers a special Hirsch LUNAFEST appetizer menu that you can have delivered (or pick up) right to your home to enjoy during the screenings. This link takes you to the menu. Note: cut-off date is Monday, June 14 at 5pm for 1618 orders. Food Delivered June 17th between 5-7pm.

 “DOORS” OPEN 7 pm • SHOWTIME 7:30 pm

100% of your admission goes to Hirsch Programs!

Join us for our 12th Annual LUNAFEST fundraising event. LUNAFEST is the only film festival in North America to celebrate the power of storytelling by combining women filmmakers and community fundraising campaigns to support local nonprofits.

For 20 years, LUNAFEST has been creating opportunities for women in film. In years past the talented women directors brought wonderful short stories from all over the world. This year will be no different. We have seven short films by women and about women that are timely, thought provoking, and inspiring for men and women.

How to access the films: Once you purchase your tickets, you will receive a confirmation email with all of the event details.  On June 17th, by 3pm day of the event, you will receive an email login to easily access the Pre-Zoom Party and link for the Vimeo live film screening.

Ticket Sales End, Thursday, June 17 at 12 noon!

LUNAFEST Sponsor Levels

Luna Event Sponsor- $1,000+ Donation

Receive 8 Admission Tickets, Appetizers from 1618 for your party of 8 delivered to your home, 8 Raffle Tickets (one for each guest), Name Recognition at Event and on Hirsch Website (Deadline to receive Appetizers 6/11)

Full Moon Sponsor- $500+ Donation

Receive 4 Admission Tickets, Appetizers from 1618 for your party of 4 delivered to your home, 4 Raffle Tickets, Name Recognition at Event and on Hirsch Website (Deadline to receive Appetizers 6/11)

Blue Moon Sponsor- $250+ Donation

Receive 2 Admission Tickets, 4 Raffle Tickets, Name Recognition at Event and on Hirsch Website

New Moon Sponsor- $100+ Donation

Receive (1) Admission Ticket, two Raffle Tickets, Name Recognition at Event and on Hirsch Website

Pay It Forward – You can DONATE Lunafest Gift Tickets and we’ll invite Cancer Survivors and Caregivers to attend the event at no cost!

Purchase Online tickets in increments of $25.00.

For this Virtual Film Event a streaming link and password will be emailed to all Sponsors receiving tickets by 3pm show day June 17th .

Here’s how you can become a Lunafest 2021 Sponsor

• Donate Online at

• Checks are Payable to: Hirsch Wellness Network

1250 Revolution Mill Drive, Studio 130, Greensboro, NC 27405

Please reply with your Sponsorship Gift by June 4th to receive the above benefits.

How to Gift a Seat

Hirsch Wellness and LUNAFEST – Celebrating the Healing Power within Our Stories

Gift Tickets

Each year at LUNAFEST, Hirsch Wellness reserves free seats for those in our community touched by cancer. We are asking you to consider donating Gift Tickets so cancer patients in treatment, survivors and caregivers may attend this event at no cost!

Here’s how you can do it:

• Select “Donate Gift Tickets” below, where you can buy tickets in increments of $25. Consider donating $50 for a pair or $100 for four tickets!

• Not able to come? Pay it Forward! You can still donate Gift Tickets in $25 increments and provide an evening of community and enjoyment for area cancer survivors and their families.

General Donations are gladly accepted and can be done online through our DONATE Button or by check. Please mail to: 

Hirsch Wellness Network, 1250 Revolution Mill Drive, Studio 130, Greensboro, NC 27405

2021 LUNAFEST Staycation Raffle Basket – $5 per ticket

The Biltmore Greensboro Hotel – 1 Night stay any King Room $150.00

(2) $25 Gift Certificates for Quaintance Weaver Restaurants $50.00

Print Works Bistro, Green Valley Grill, Lucky 32

(2) $25 Gift Certificates for The Sage Mule Bakery & Bistro $50.00

Whitaker Farm Gift Card $50.00

Scuppernong Books Gift Card $50.00

Kneaded Energy Gift Card for a 60 Minute Massage $80.00

Rioja! A Wine Bar Jeff Runquist Petite Sirah “R” 2018 $30.00

Fainting Goat Spirits “Tiny Cat Vodka” 750 ML $30.00

Jeff Runquist Petite Sirah “R” 2018 750 ML $30.00

Hirsch T-Shirt and face mask $20.00

Hirsch Home Project Greeting Cards  (box of 12) $30.00

(additional items include)
NC Scenic Byways 4th Edition
NC State Parks Passport Guide
The Official 2021 NC Travel Guide
Destination Magazine
2020-2021 NC Wine Guide
Downtown Greensboro Guide
Koozie & Cup

The winner will be announced on June 17 at the LUNAFEST Post-Film Discussion.

Winner does not have to be present at time of drawing.

TOTAL VALUE: $540.00



LUNAFEST 2021 presents 7 critically acclaimed short films

Seven Films!

Join us for innovative and creative short features by women filmmakers around the world, for a full evening of entertainment and insights.



A behind-the-scenes look at the film team that captured the daring story of the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition.



AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, struggles to make it as one of the best professional softball players in the world.



Separated from her mother at the border, a 12 year old sets out on a harrowing journey to the United States to find her.



A young neuroscientist and her colleagues make a life-changing decision to speak up for women in science everywhere.



Mixed-media artist Sophia Wallace imagines a culturally cliterate world, where all people are equal and able to live with rich possibility and purpose.



A lifelong angler, Autumn Harry had never fished beyond the waters of her reservation—until she picked up a fly rod.



There’s no stopping this legendary artist, even at age 93.

Afterwards, join us for a discussion with four expert panelists

Moderator: Molly Haile

Molly is a graduate of Davidson College and the MFA Creative Writing Program at UNC-Greensboro.  Molly is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Salem College.  She teaches creative writing classes for people with cancer, survivors, and caregivers at Hirsch Wellness Network in Greensboro.

Mariana Colin
M.A. English Literature, with concentration in film studies

Mariana Colín holds an MA in English with a concentration in film studies from N.C. State. Her thesis explored alternative forms of academic publishing and took the form of a YouTube channel called “The Morbid Zoo,” comprised of video essays that analyze different movie monsters.  Mariana is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois College of Media. She continues to analyze monsters on YouTube.

Maria Lopez
Manager of Films and Lectures at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Maria Lopez is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies. A cinephile with a strong affinity for Latin American films, Maria became the shorts programmer at the Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2009 and served as the Festival’s Programming Manager from 2013 to 2019. She traveled to Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile to attend film festivals and scout films to bring to the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Maria has programmed collections of Latin American shorts for various TV stations in Chicago and also served as a jury member for a Mexican short film festival. She also curated a series of Latin American short films for the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival in October 2019. Maria began working as the Manager of Film Programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art in January 2020 and has created the virtual NCMA Film Club where people watch a selected film and then join a discussion with a special guest.

Tiya Bolton
Graduate NC State with an M.A. in film studies.

Tiya is a media studies scholar and writer from Raleigh, NC. Tiya’s research focuses on black film; theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema; black women’s fandom; and digital media. Her current research seeks to develop theory in order to understand how race and gender is created, maintained, and performed in digital fan communities. Tiya loves researching, teaching, and writing. What she loves most is helping others consider how media can help us understand ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Musical Guests:
DaShawn & Wendy Hickman

Thanks to Our Local & National 2021 Event Sponsors!

2021 LUNAFEST Presenting Sponsor

2021 LUNAFEST Event Sponsor

Full Moon Sponsors

Blue Moon Sponsors

Kathy Adams and Bobby Doolittle

Sally B. Cone

Chris and Rick Coughlin

Clara and Pat Kelly

Valerie J. Fields

Greensboro Drifters

David & Betsey Horth

Bill Payne and Jo Anne Smith

Sharon and Bill Savage

Dr. Stacy Wentworth

New Moon Sponsors

Andrena Coleman

Louise Grape and Scott Manring

Lisa Johnson-Tonkins

Steve and Dr. Rita Layson

Beatrice Schall; in memory of her husband Stewart Schall

Lisa and Randall Underwood

Bobetta Waynick

A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMPANY ~ The Clif Bar Company is the maker of the Whole Nutrition Luna Bar made to enhance Women’s Health and create a healthy sustainable global food system. Lunafest is a way to give back, do more good, and care about the people, places and communities served.

Hirsch Wellness Cancer Support Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to serving the emotional needs of individuals touched by a cancer diagnosis. Our commitment to putting “ART at the HeART of Healing” provides essential healing arts and wellness programs that celebrate self-expression as a means of cultivating strength, renewing the spirit and fostering hope.

If you are interested in becoming a Silent Auction Sponsor, volunteering with us, or you have other questions, please contact Susan Bold at  for more info.

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