Athena Film Festival

Athena Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of women leaders.

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Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. This past year we screened 46 films including 17 features, 13 documentaries, and 16 shorts. We welcomed guests including Billie Jean King, J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, Amma Asante, Barbara Kopple, and Bridget Everett among many others.

Additionally, as part of our work we offer writing labs for TV and film writers, masterclasses and works in progress programs for female filmmakers, and other skill-building panels and opportunities for women who are breaking into film.

One signature program is the Athena List. Now in its 5th year, the Athena List is an annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders that have yet to be made into films. Several Athena List scripts have been produced. Athena List finalist, Little Pink House written and directed Courtney Balaker starring Catherine Keener was released in the spring of 2018, and Athena List winner, On the Basis of Sex based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be released in the fall of 2018.

The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry. The Artemis Rising Foundation and its CEO Regina K. Scully is the festival’s founding sponsor. The ninth annual Athena Film Festival will be held Feb. 28- March 3, 2019.