This five-day festival, now in its eighth year, highlights film and video shorts and features by women, including documentaries, animation, narrative, and experimental works. It starts Wednesday, March 8, and runs through Sunday, March 12, at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Films and videos are grouped under such program headings as “Take the First Step,” “Go Out of Bounds,” and “Lie Between the Hammer and the Anvil.” Festival tickets are $5 per program for the general public, $4 for members of Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago Filmmakers, or the Center For New Television; students; and senior citizens. For further information call 281-4988.


TAKE THE FIRST STEP Micheline Lanctot’s Canadian, animated short A Token Gesture (1975), about sexual stereotypes; Debbie Goodstein’s short documentary feature Voices in the Attic (1988), about the Holocaust and its effect on a family many years later; Monica Kendall’s short animated Politoons 1 and 2 (1988); Sue Marx and Pamela Conn’s Young at Heart (1987), a short that deals with two octogenarian and widowed artists who meet and fall in love on a painting excursion to England; and Cecelia Condit’s short video Not a Jealous Bone (1987), a “miniopera” about an older woman. (8:00)


TRIBUTE TO THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA–STUDIO D Four shorts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Film Board of Canada and the 15th anniversary of Studio D, a department of the board devoted to films by and about Canadian women: Cynthia Scott’s impressionistic Flamenco at 5:15 (1983); Carol Geddes’s Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (1986), which focuses on four native women in different parts of Canada, Suzanne Gervais’ animated Still Point (1983); and Terri Nash’s documentary about Helen Caldicott and her antinuclear arguments, If You Love This Planet. (6:00)

GO OUT OF BOUNDS A program of three videos: Lisa Seidenberg’s Between the Eagle and the Bear (1988), which traces the lives of Russian-Americans who immigrated to the U.S. as teenagers; Linda Gartz’s Hispanic Mosaic (1987), an hour-long documentary about the immigration of Hispanics into the U.S.; and Ellen Frankenstein’s Miles From the Border (1987), a documentary about a family of Mexican immigrants. (6:00)