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This festival of films and videotapes from more than 25 countries will be held at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, from Friday, October 12, through Sunday, October 21. Single tickets are $2.50 for adults and children; a pass good for five films is $10. For more information call 281-9075.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

VINCENT AND ME Michael Rubbo directed this Canadian feature about a young female artist and admirer of Vincent van Gogh who sets out to solve an art-theft mystery in Amsterdam. With animated shorts from England and Czechoslovakia. (8:00)

A LONG WAY HOME A little boy neglected by his mother, who's obsessed with TV, becomes strongly attached to his au pair, and faces a crisis when his mother fires her; an English feature directed by Colin Nutley. To be shown with two U.S. shorts, Gary Pollard's Going Up!, and Michael W. Johnson's animated Olga the Chameleon. (8:00)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

SIMON AND THE DREAM HUNTERS Roger Cantin's French feature about a boy named Simon who dreams about a magic forest where extinct animals find refuge, and his secret trip to find this forest in the real world. To be shown with animated shorts from Canada (by Pierre M. Trudeau) and England (by Diane Jackson). (10:00 am)

THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW The first three half-hour episodes in a 12-part Australian serial directed by Kathy Mueller, about a girl kidnapped from the year 3000 and brought to the present. On the same program, a U.S. short, Henry Hamilton: Graduate Ghost. (10:00 am)

THE BIG WISH A 48-minute Australian fantasy-adventure that includes fairies, goblins, young love, and a music video; directed by Esben Storm. To be shown with two animated shorts: Stacey Steers's Watunna, narrated by Stan Brakhage, from the U.S.; and Romana Burianova's Beauty and the Beast, which utilizes painted puppets, from Denmark. (noon)

ANIMATION CELEBRATION A selection of nine animated shorts from the U.S., Germany, England, Yugoslavia, and Canada. (noon)

THE CASE OF THE WITCH WHO WASN'T Jean Beaudry's Canadian feature about two girls who befriend a lonely woman, who's labeled a witch by other children, as well as her pet pig. To be shown with Stanley and the Dinosaurs, a U.S. animated short. (2:00)

A LONG WAY HOME See listing under Friday, October 12. (2:00)

GEORGE'S ISLAND Halloween ghosts and Captain Kidd's treasure are among the ingredients of Paul Donovan's Canadian feature, based on traditional ghost and pirate tales from Nova Scotia. With Juke-Bar, an animated Canadian short. (4:00)

PRIZEWINNING SHORTS Doug Wilcox's English The Magic Mirror, which features animated fairy tales; and American Dream Contest from the U.S. (4:00)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

ANKUR MAINA AUR KABOOTAR An Indian film by Madan Bawaria, in Hindu with English subtitles, about a boy's trip to a tropical island to help his grandfather save an exotic pink pigeon from extinction. To be shown with an animated Czech short. (10:00 am)

DREAMSTONE A 53-minute animated fantasy from England, directed by Martin Gates and Phil Robinson. To be shown with live-action shorts from France and the U.S. (10:00 am)

ON A MUSICAL NOTE Musical shorts from the U.S., Yugoslavia, Australia, and Canada. (noon)

SHORTS #1 Shorts from the U.S., Norway, and Australia. (noon)

PEACE PROGRAM George Levenson's animated U.S. short, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and Mark Joffe's Australian featurette about a 14-year-old conscientious objector in 1911, Boy Soldiers. (2:00)

SHORTS #2 Animated shorts from Germany and the U.S. (2:00)

LANTERN HILL Kevin Sullivan's Canadian film, set around the turn of the century, about a girl in search of her divorced father. (4:00)

THE GREATEST TUNE ON EARTH and SWEET 15 A double feature: Peter Viska's animated Australian feature about the efforts of a professor and his granddaughter to bring back all the music in the world, which has been swept away by the evil Maestro Maltroppo; and Victoria Hochberg's live-action feature from the U.S. about the adventures of a Mexican-American girl on her 15th birthday. A 210-minute program. (4:00)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

FRIENDS AND SWEETHEARTS Tom Davenport's U.S. featurette Ashpet: An American Cinderella, an adaptation of the fairy tale. To be shown with two U.S. shorts. (4:00)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

ANIMATION CELEBRATION #2 Shorts from Uruguay, Spain, Czechoslovakia, England, Denmark, and the U.S. (4:00)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

I AM This film from Lithuania tells the story of Johnukas, an overimaginative and rebellious young fellow. (4:00)

THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW Parts four, five, and six of the Australian serial (see listing under Saturday,, October 13). To be shown with Green Pieces, an English fiction short with an ecological theme. (4:00)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

GIRL FROM TOMORROW Parts seven, eight, and nine of the 12-part Australian serial (see listing under Saturday, October 13). To be shown with Wanted: The Perfect Guy, a U.S. featurette in which Madeline Kahn plays a mother whose son tries to help her find Mr. Right by placing a personals ad. (2:00)

MARTIN FIERRO Fernando Laverde's animated feature with puppets from Colombia about the life of Argentinean gauchos. To be shown with Paco Lopez's animated Puerto Rican short, The Owl's Feathers. Neither film will be shown with subtitles. (4:00)

SHORTS #3 Four shorts from the U.S., Canada, and Australia. (4:00)

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