Athena Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Athena Film Festival
SINCE: 2011
WHERE: New York, NY, USA
WEBSITE: www.athenafilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and Hollywood stars and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.

I AM NOT A WITCH

2018 Athena Film Festival Announces Lineup, I AM NOT A WITCH, LADY BIRD and More…

The Athena Film Festival (AFF) continues to showcase films about strong and courageous women leaders with its 2018 lineup of narrative, documentary, and short films.   Among the feature films included in this year’s lineup are THE BREADWINNER, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie; the New York premiere of I AM NOT A WITCH, from first-time writer and director Rungano Nyoni

Athena Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Opens With Reproductive Rights Documentary TRAPPED

Athena Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Opens With Reproductive Rights Documentary TRAPPED

The 2016 Athena Film Festival opens on Thursday, February 18th with the New York premiere of the highly anticipated reproductive rights documentary TRAPPED, directed by Dawn Porter. The Centerpiece film will be SUFFRAGETTE, directed by Sarah Gavron and starring Carey Mulligan. The festival will close with the documentary CODEGIRL directed by Lesley Chilcott. Among the feature films included in this year’s lineup are: FREEHELD, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page and directed by Peter Sollett, […]

Filmmaker Mira Nair, Cast and Crew of SUFFRAGETTE to be Honored at 2016 Athena Film Festival

Filmmaker Mira Nair, Cast and Crew of SUFFRAGETTE to be Honored at 2016 Athena Film Festival

Filmmaker and activist Mira Nair (pictured above) will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Athena Film Festival taking place February 18 to 21, 2016 at Barnard College in New York City. Additional awardees include producer Geralyn Dreyfous, director Karyn Kusama, and composer Jeanine Tesori (BC ’83). The Athena Film Festival is also will also honor the cast and crew of SUFFRAGETTE with the inaugural Athena Ensemble Award. Mira Nair’s debut film […]

Athena Film Festival Announces 2015 Dates and Award Honorees

Athena Film Festival Announces 2015 Dates and Award Honorees

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The fifth annual Athena Film Festival will return to Barnard’s campus in Morningside Heights, New York City, from February 5 – 8, 2015. The festival highlights films that showcase women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. 

This year, the festival will will honor Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Gina Prince-Bythewood, director, writer and producer behind films such as Love & BasketballTheSecret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights, and Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-winning producer, President of Mandalay Pictures, and President of Women in Film, known for films including CrashThe IllusionistDarfur Now and Bernie,with the Athena Film Festival Awards, which honor actors, directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments.

Athena Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; NY Premiere of BELLE to Open, GERALDINE FERRARO Doc to Close Fest

Athena Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; NY Premiere of BELLE to Open, GERALDINE FERRARO Doc to Close Fest

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The 2014 Athena Film Festival which honors “extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world” announced its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.  Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, New York City.  The New York Premiere of BELLE, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, DECODING ANNIE PARKER, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film.

Athena Film Festival Sets 2014 Dates and Awardees

Athena Film Festival Sets 2014 Dates and Awardees

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The Athena Film Festival, that highlights women’s leadership, will return for the 4th edition on Barnard’s campus in Morningside Heights, New York City from February 6 to 9, 2014. Philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox will be honored as one this year’s recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards, which honor noted actors, directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. Sherry Lansing will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville, and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of the current film Black Nativity as well as Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou and The Caveman’s Valentine.