THIS WEEKEND marks the annual return of the "Women Make Movies" festival, a gathering of works from Ally Acker, Barbara ("Harlan County, U.S.A.") Kopple, screenwriting veteran Fay Kanin, Ruby L. Oliver and Doris Chase, all of whom are scheduled to introduce their films.

The festival starts at 6:30 Friday, at the American Film Institute, with Acker's "Reel Women"; followed by Kopple's "American Dream" at 9. At 1:30 Saturday, it's Kanin's "Friendly Fire," followed by a conversation with Kanin at 4. Also Saturday, at 7, Oliver will present "Love Your Mama," followed by a reception at the 15 Minutes club at 1030 15th St. NW. "Mama" is screened again at 9 at the AFI.

On Sunday at 4, a group-made film, "Five Feminist Minutes" will be shown and, at 6, a European production called "Crocodiles in Amsterdam." At 8:30, there will be an evening discussion with Chase, who'll introduce "Still Frame" and "Sophie." Two other Chase films, "A Dancer" and "Table for One," will be shown at 8:30 Monday and 8:30 Tuesday, respectively.

Admission is $6. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the AFI box office at the Kennedy Center.

In conjunction with "Women Make Movies," the Hirshhorn will show avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainier's "Privilege" at 8 Friday. Admission is free.

THE BLACK Film Institute presents "Independent Directions," Sunday through Nov. 19. At 3 Sunday, at the Biograph in Georgetown, it's James Bond III's horror spoof, "Def by Temptation." All other films are to be screened in Building 41, Room AO3, of the Van Ness campus of the University of the District of Columbia. See film repertory listings for details. For more information, call 202/727-2396.