The Second Annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival will screen 42 short and three feature films Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.

The festival promotes short and feature movies made by both women and men, while showcasing and celebrating the viability of films by female filmmakers, event organizers say.

Films screened have at least one woman in the role of writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor or production designer. The event includes two industry panels and two exclusive parties.

The primary goal of the festival is to recognize and empower female filmmakers from all ethnic, religious, national and sexually oriented communities. However, the festival also supports the work of men who have written, directed or worked as the director of photography on a film that showcases relevant female issues or is comprised primarily of an all-female cast.

Half of net proceeds from Lady Filmmakers Film Festival ticket sales will benefit the Mary Magdalene Project, a local charity that helps destitute women.

“We’re thrilled to announce the Second Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in recognition and celebration of the tremendous contribution of women to film the world over. After the success of the first one we just had to continue,” said Patricia DiSalvo Viayra, festival director and founder.

The three feature films this year are “Jucy,” described as a “womance comedy” which premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival; “Angel Camouflaged,” a new “rock and roll drama” starring James Brolin, Dilana Robichaux and Carlos Bernard; and “One Hundred Mornings,” a drama from Ireland about the breakdown of civilization as we know it.

Also screening this year is “Pax,” a documentary by actress Glenn Close, a Brazilian film “Red Fish” with director David Lynch, “Tired of Being Funny” starring Lili Taylor and John Mahoney, and “Ahate Pasa,” a documentary from Spain featuring European directors such as Roman Polanski. Close, who is not scheduled to attend, will be honored at the festival with “best documentary,” event organizers said.

Last year’s festival included films from Africa, Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom, and the U.S.

While the festival will celebrate films and filmmakers for the entertainment value and dramatic work they bring to the medium, organizers noted that a number of the films selected will also bring awareness to relevant social issues and challenges women the world over are currently facing.

For tickets and film information, www.ladyfilmmakers.com/.

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