Outreach Coordinator Position Available

Position Summary The Athena Film Festival is seeking an outgoing and creative individual to serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the 2015 Festival (Feb. 5-8, 2015).  The Outreach Coordinator works collaboratively with the Athena team to plan, execute, and assess a variety of outreach and marketing efforts, including social media campaigns.   JOB START DATE: November 15,… Read more →

Apply to be an Intern for the 2015 Festival!

BARNARD STUDENTS ONLY! We are looking for the interns of next year’s festival! If you think you would like to apply, read the job description below and send an email with your résumé and cover letter to mperezma@barnard.edu by March 26, 2014. We look forward to seeing your applications! Athena Film Festival Internship Job Description 2014 – 2015… Read more →

The Athena Film Festival Announces Its 2014 Lineup

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 →

Athena Film Festival Introduces the Athena List

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 →

Athena Film Festival Announces Awardees for Fourth Festival

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 →

From Forbes: The Evolving Conversation About Women Directors

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 →

The Athena Interns Speak to College Filmmakers

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!  

Hollywood’s glass ceiling: Why doesn’t the film industry trust women?

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. 

Submissions Open on June 15 for 2014 Athena Film Festival

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 →