THE FOURTH ANNUAL ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF NARRATIVE, DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS FILMS INCLUDE BELLE, DECODING ANNIE PARKER, GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY, THE BOOK THIEF, SHORT TERM 12, IN A WORLD…, AMONG OTHERS The festival runs from February 6 – 9 New York, NY (January 7, 2014) – The 2014 Athena Film… Read more →
The Athena Film Festival is proud to announce the creation of the Athena List, which will highlight between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female characters that have yet to be made into films. The first group of selected screenplays on the Athena List will be announced at the festival. According to the Center for the Study of… Read more →
Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and Hollywood, announce the fourth annual Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — to take place February 6-9, 2014 on Barnard’s campus in Morningside Heights. Honoring extraordinary women in the film industry and showcasing films that address women’s leadership in real life and… Read more →
Artistic Director Melissa Silverstein’s latest piece from Forbes. Last week I attended the first conference ever held in Israel to discuss the status of women working in the film and television industries. They had brilliant academics, high level executives in TV, international guests and they had something I don’t usually see at these types of… Read more →
On Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm we will be screening the Athena Global Shorts at 56 minute collection of four films directed by talented filmmakers that played at the Athena Film Festival. The program was launched in 2013 in collaboration with UN Women, the UN organization established in 2010 as a global champion for women and… Read more →
The three interns for the 2014 Athena Film Festival worked with MTVU to talk to female college filmmakers about why they should take the chance to apply to festivals. We want to hear your voices and see your characters in festivals like ours. Read the article on MTVU and watch the video below!
It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood — both onscreen and behind the scenes — but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade. Read more from co-founder and artistic director of the Athena Film Festival Melissa Silverstein.
Films have power. They create conversation. They reveal truths. They inspire. But for far too long, Hollywood has told only half the story: what is missing are the stories of women as change agents and heroes in their own right. For the fourth year, Barnard College, the most sought-after women’s college in the nation, will celebrate… Read more →
The Oscar nominated documentary The Invisible War airs premieres tonight at 10pm PBS stations across the country. Here is the film’s executive producer and Athena Film Festival founding sponsor, Regina Kulik Scully talk about this mass epidemic of sexual abuse in the military.
The Athena Film Festival will again be accepting submissions from June 15-September 15. More details to follow.