SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2021 VIRTUAL WRITERS LAB
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College Virtual Writers Lab, co-hosted by the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting, is a creative development workshop for emerging women writers. Applicants must submit a project that includes a woman or women characters in a leadership role or position at the center of the story. Projects must be a pilot (no more than 60 pages). Eligible writers have not had a tv script produced within the past 10 years.
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College Virtual Writers Lab provides women storytellers with creative feedback, pitch training, and a robust supportive network. Participants will have multiple one-on-one mentoring sessions with experienced writers and industry experts, as well as participate in peer-to-peer sessions.
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College Virtual Writers Lab will also include industry events where participants will learn about how to navigate their careers, as well as a keynote conversation from an established filmmaker. Past panels topics have included: “How Representation Works”, “Path to Writing”, and “The Art of Pitching”, and keynotes from Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kat Candler, and Chinonye Chukwu.
Submissions are open June 1, 2021 to July 11, 2021.
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College Virtual Writers Lab will take place remotely on September 20 – 22, 2021.
The Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting is the first low-residency program of its kind in the country and is the first to focus on the mission of bringing more female writers into mainstream Hollywood and studying film with a female gaze.
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
- Projects must have a woman (girl) or women character(s) in leadership role(s) or position(s). Projects from all genres are accepted, we look for stories about women from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups;
- Writers who are women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming; Projects with more than one writer may be considered;
- Writers cannot have had a pilot that was picked up within the past 10 years – Projects must have been completed before January 1, 2011;
- Projects (pilots) must be written in English and no more than 60 pages;
- If chosen as a finalist, you will be asked to submit the answers to additional questions;
- If you have been on the Athena List, you can submit a project, but it CANNOT be a script that was on the Athena List;
- If you have previously attended the lab, you cannot reapply for five years, but if you have been a part of the TV lab, you can submit a project to the Screenwriters lab and vice-versa;
- Two slots in the TV lab will be held for Stephens College MFA program affiliates.
- All Notifications will go out by August 24.