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THE FILMS & FILMMAKERS

Since 2000, LUNAFEST has showcased the work of talented women directors from all over the world. Discover the ground-breaking women from prior seasons, along with the ones who are changing the industry with this year’s lineup.

2018 season

Buttercup
By Megan Brotherton

Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she'd actually show up.
Megan Brotherton

Write, director, actress Megan Brotherton is a director based in LA. She earned her MFA in Acting at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, which included a three month residency at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. Megan wrote, directed and starred in EVERYBODY DOES IT, a short comedy that premiered in 2015 at Dances With Films Festival as well as Austin Film Festival and several others, earning a Best Comedy Award and rave reviews. Megan's new film, BUTTERCUP, premiered at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival and is currently in the festival circuit. Megan recently directed a PSA produced by Women In Film LA as well as a pilot that she wrote called LAST NIGHT and several episodes of GOLDEN CALIFORNIA Seasons One & Two. Megan studies and performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. She also directs sketches for Funny or Die. 
Girls Level Up
By Anne Edgar

A young Pakistani women who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game.
Anne Edgar

Anne began her career as an assistant, creative executive, and screenwriter working with filmmakers including Fred Roos, Warren Beatty, and Sophia Coppola, before going on to co-found animation and motion graphics company Transistor Studios. In 2008, she became a partner at Los Angeles-based Artifact Studios where most recently she executive produced the feature-length documentary OPERATION POPCORN, which aired in 2016 on Public Television's Emmy-award-winning series America Reframed. She is also Executive Producer of the interactive documentary project CRITICAL PATH, a seven-year-long-and-counting documentation of the evolution of video games.
Toys
By Amanda Quaid

In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.
Amanda Quaid

Amanda Quaid is an actor, writer and director from New York. Her first short, ENGLISH, premiered at Cannes Short Film Corner in 2014. TOYS is her first animated film. For more, visit amandaquaid.com.
Fanny Pack
By Uttera Singh

A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.

Uttera Singh

On the day Uttera was born, her nine months pregnant mother was hit by a firecracker. Her father rescued her mother and rushed her to the hospital. That’s how this real life firecracker was born. That fiery spirit is still very much alive in her. Uttera is an MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, she was chosen as one of the directors on the USC/James Franco feature film “MAD WHALE” starring Camilla Belle, Dominic Rains, Summer Phoenix and James Franco. Uttera is the recipient of the Ryan Murphy Diversity Fellowship.

Joy Joy Nails
By Joey Ally

In an upmarket Connecticut strip mall, Korean Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. When Chinese Mia starts training as a manicurist, and looks to be stealing the boss’s son’s affections, Sarah gets her claws out—only to discover the terrible truth under the varnish at JOY JOY NAILS. 
Joey Ally

Joey Ally is a writer and director, a New Yorker who currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a member of the 2017 class of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women, the 2016 Tribeca/Chanel "Through Her Lens" program, the AFI/Fox Directors Lab 2017, and Universal's inaugural "Pitch to Premiere" lab, and was the recipient of “Video of the Year 2015” at WME|IMG.  A graduate of Amherst College, before moving behind the camera, Joey was an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater NYC. Her multiple award winning films MINIMUM WAGE, PARTNERS, and JOY JOY NAILS have screened internationally including at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, AFI Fest, Aspen ShortsFest, Outfest (Best of Fest), Palm Springs International Shortfest, and LAFF - PARTNERS debuted online with Vimeo Premieres, and Joy Joy Nails can be found online as part of The New Yorker's "The Screening Room".  Most recently she co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in a dark comedy for Turner and Refinery29's Shatterbox program.  
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber
By Svetlana Cvetko

A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916

Svetlana Cvetko

Svetlana Cvetko is an award-winning director and cinematographer. 

She is acclaimed for her cinematography on several documentaries, including INSIDE JOB - 2011 OSCAR® Winner for Best Documentary, INEQUALITY FOR ALL - 2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, and FACING FEAR - 2014 OSCAR® Nominee for Best Doc Short Subject, and the narrative features (Untitled), starring Adam Goldberg, and THE ARCHITECT starring Parker Posey. 

As director, her first short film NO WAIT won the Grand Prix du Public in Films de Femmes, and her most recent short documentary YOURS SINCERELY, LOIS WEBER just won Best Documentary at LA Shorts Festival in August 2017.

Jesszilla
By Emily Sheskin

Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport.

Emily Sheskin

Emily Sheskin is a director who was recently featured in Vimeo’s “10 Groundbreaking Women in Film to Watch in 2017.” Her short films have been featured at festivals across the United States and abroad, such as, but not limited to Hotdocs, Big Sky, and the Tacoma Film Festival. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of New York Women in Film & Television, The Film Shop, and IFP. You can learn more about her at emilysheskin.com

Waiting For Hassana
By Ifunanya Maduka

In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana — one of the many girls still unaccounted for...

Ifunanya Maduka

Funa Maduka is a filmmaker and executive, currently overseeing global acquisition of foreign language features for Netflix. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Funa worked on HALF OF A YELLOW SUN starring Thandie Newton and John Boyega, and BUILDING A DREAM, a documentary about the founding of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She formerly served as a strategic advisor for Lady Gaga's Born this Way Foundation and was a founding member of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls where she served four years as the Academy's first Dean of Students and Special Projects Director to Oprah Winfrey. 

Funa has held leadership and strategic positions at McKinsey & Company in Lagos, Obama for America, the Clinton Global Initiative and Goldman Sachs. She holds a degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University. Waiting for Hassana is her directorial debut.

Last Summer, in the Garden
By Bekky O'Neil

Last summer, in the garden recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth. Last summer, in the garden is featured in the touring program The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows.

Bekky O'Neil

Bekky O’Neil is a multidisciplinary artist, animator, and director born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and based between Northumberland County and Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and holds a BFA in Playwriting from the Department of Theatre and a second BFA in Film Animation from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Bekky is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Animated Documentary and Sustainable Agriculture in the Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design at OCAD University. Alongside her partner Keith Del Principe, Bekky is the co-founder of Cardboard Reality Farm and Studios.