The UK 's Birds Eye View festival, devoted to women's film-making, will run March 6-13, 2008, at London 's ICA and BFI Southbank, followed by a local tour to Manchester, Newcastle and other UK locations.
The 2008 programme will include a special comedy retrospective celebrating women in silent comedy, including Dorothy Arzner, Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, Marion Davies, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Ossi Oswalda. Debate, discussion and film introductions will include Jo Brand, Zoe Rahman and Victoria Wood (the latter in conversation on March 11).
Also, the BFI Southbank will host the Golden Age of Hollywood Comediennes strand including titles such as She Done Him Wrong, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Roxie Hart, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Birds Eye View's Innovation programme will focus on new uses of moving image, including a panel devoted to Women in Video Games, a masterclass of screenwriting for games, a VJ workshop and a women in music videos showcase.
Fashion in Film will look at those industries intersecting, and may offer a new film by Bella Freud, Stephen Frears and SHOWstudio.
The festival will also offer a programme of films from developing countries, an International Women's Day party, a bring-a-baby screening and skills training.
Films selected so far include Cecilia Miniucchi's Expired, Kim Longinotto's Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, Sonja Heiss' Hotel Very Welcome, Lucia Puenzo's XXY, Mijke de Jong's Stages, and Joanna Hogg's Unrelated.