Celebrate another Lunafest at the Civic Theatre Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s Rochester’s third go-round of the short film festival, which features work by female filmmakers only.

Proceeds from Rochester’s screening benefit Girls on the Run Twin Cities.

The festival also lifts up work by women, who still lack recognition in the movie business, Mary Uran, the executive director of Girls on the Run Twin Cities, said.

The eight short films in this year’s lineup encompass a range of drama, comedy, animation, and autobiographical works.

Keep an eye out for “Flip The Record,” a dramedy about a Filipino teen who “builds her own identity through her own talent at the turntables,” Uran said.

“With every Lunafest, we’ve seen films that will make you laugh and cry,” she added. “But I think the order and flow of these, this year, is my favorite so far.”

Girls on the Run, which leads young women through 10-week health programs, has a presence in Kasson-Mantorville public schools, Willow Creek Middle School, and Stewartville, Uran said. The nonprofit has partnered with Rochester and Byron public schools, as well as the Rochester YMCA and Boys & Girls Club -- “anywhere young girls are after school.”

Thinking of working Lunafest into your plans for Thursday night? With a tight, 85-minute total runtime (and a 6 p.m. reception), the total film fest experience should only take a few hours out of your week. Tickets are $25 each at gotrtwincities.org/lunafest. Suggested audience is age 13 and up.

Here’s the 2019 lineup, from lunafest.org:


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