BRATTLEBORO -- The 23rd annual Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, will be held March 7-16, at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St.

The festival will present 31 films directed by, and about women. Over the course of two weeks, beginning with an opening night gala on Friday, March 7, and continuing to Sunday, March 16, 17 documentaries, four feature films and 11 shorts from around the world will be screened at NEYT.

The festival kicks-off with a super-powered gala on Friday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New England Youth Theatre. The gala will begin with a reception of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music, followed by a screening of "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines." Come dressed as your favorite superheroine or hero, make up one or come as your alter-ego in "everyday" clothes. Tickets for the gala are $25 and are being sold now at womensfreedomcenter.net, click the donate button, put "gala ticket" in the message line or call the Women’s Freedom Center at 802-257-7364 or e-mail advocates @womensfreedomcenter.net.

Festival highlights include "How to Lose Your Virginity," an eye-opening and irreverent documentary exploring why female virginity is still so valued in our society; "Ethel," a rare look at Ethel Kennedy’s escapades recounted by her children, and illustrated with a treasure trove of archival photographs and family movies; "I am a Girl," an extraordinary film about what it means to be a girl on the brink of womanhood in different parts of the world in the 21st century; and the Oscar-nominated short, "Mondays At Racine," about women diagnosed with cancer who, as locks of hair fall to the floor, giggle, weep, face their fears, and discover unexpected beauty.

Tickets for movies are $80 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors. A five-movie pass is available for $35. Passes may be purchased at womensfreedomcenter.net (once on the website, click the donate button, put "film pass" in the message line and we’ll mail them out to you; or by calling the Women’s Freedom Center at 802-257-7364.

For more information, visit womensfreedomcenter.net/newsevents/womens-film-festival/2014