The fourth annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival opened up with a documentary about Alice Guy-Blaché, one of the first female filmmakers who is also the most forgotten. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché was followed by an LGBTQ-focused short film program that featured themes of gender fluidity and Black trans identity — which set the tone for the rest of the festival’s intersectional programming. Now in its fourth year, the festival aims to foster a space where filmmaking is discussed beyond the binary of gender equity and give a platform to voices that would otherwise be dismissed in the mainstream industry.
The festival was comprised of seven short film programs and three feature films — all of which were free and open to the public. But if you couldn’t make it out, here were some of the best of the fest.