Barnard is no stranger to seeing female leaders on campus, and this week’s Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership will bring another host of female luminaries—this time, from the film industry—to its doorstep.

In its first year, the festival will run from Feb. 10 to 13 and includes around 20 film screenings, along with panels of actors, directors, and other filmmakers.

The festival is partially the brainchild of Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies director Kathryn Kolbert, who conceived it when she attended a reception last year in honor of Oscar-nominated director Jane Campion. Campion’s sensual films from “The Piano” (1993) to “Bright Star” (2010) are noted for their unforgettable female characters.

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