Soroptomist International Manhattan Beach hosts Lunafest, a traveling film festival dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women globally, for the 13th year when it returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Sunday, March 31, beginning at 2 p.m.

Lunafest is the largest fundraiser for Soroptomist International, which includes supporting Soroptimist's “Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women,” which provides resources to improve education, skills and job opportunities for women who are the primary financial support for their family, according to Soroptimist chair Monica Frey.

Frey said this year they are excited to have accomplished filmmakers Katrelle Kindred and Bola Ogun as guest speakers.

“Katrelle would like to continue creating honest stories that focus on global issues and on people often unheard,” Frey said. “Bola was just chosen by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director, Ava DuVernay, to be one of six female directors to direct an episode of the television show, 'Queen Sugar.'”

Ogun said Lunafest “gives the opportunity to nationally showcase female voices.”

“They’ve chosen very unique shorts in different genres allowing people to see all the different contributions women give to filmmaking,” Ogun said. “The more platforms we’re allowed to show our work, the more doors have a possibility of opening. Many people have reached out to me personally since this touring festival began and honestly, it’s exciting that such a variety of people have access to our art. Because ultimately we make it to be seen.”

Started in 2000 by the makers of the LUNA nutritional bar, Lunafest hosts more than 180 screenings across the country yearly and has raised more than $4.7 million with the help of more than 150 filmmakers for numerous causes.

The event takes place Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 5 pm., at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, which is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Light appetizers and wine are provided. Presale tickets are $20, or $25 at the door.

For more information or buy tickets, visit lunafest.org, or simanhattanbeach.org.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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