The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College’s Work-in-Progress Program
As part of our Creative Development Program to support women and non-binary filmmakers, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College conducts a Works-in-Progress Program. It is an intensive pitch training and storytelling strengthening opportunity, that in addition to the training includes a live pitch in front of a panel of esteemed industry representatives, introductions to a network of potential supporters and partners, peer mentorship, and a cohort to grow with, all wrapped into a festival event. Each filmmaker participates in intensive pitch training with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Judith Helfand who is the co-producer of the program. This program is underwritten by Secret Sauce Media whose Founder Julie Parker Benello is a Barnard Alumna.
The Works In Progress Pitch Forum will take place Friday, March 11, 2022 (time to be determined)
Guidelines and Requirements
- This program is for documentary films only;
- Films must have a woman (girl) or women character(s) in leadership role(s) or position(s).
- Projects from all genres are accepted, and stories about women from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups;
- Filmmakers who apply MUST NOT have completed more than THREE feature-length documentaries;
- Filmmakers who are women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming are eligible to apply;
- Films need to be in production or at least have some footage shot to submit to the program and to show at the pitch forum if selected;
- Projects must have a producer attached to their film in order to be considered;
- Projects that are in development without any footage are not eligible;
- Films that don’t focus on women leadership WILL NOT be considered;
There is no SUBMISSION FEE