For the second year, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST, (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS) will host a television and screenwriting lab in Los Angeles, Monday, June 3rd to Wednesday, June 5th, 2019.

The three-day program targets emerging self-identified women writers in both television and film. One day will focus on the features, one will be an industry day, and one will focus on TV. The program will include mentoring sessions, in which the participants are paired with established writers; a mock television writers room; opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback; meetings with executives; and networking events with Athena Film Festival community members

The three-day lab will take place on June 3-5, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Emerging writers who identify as women.

Writers cannot yet have a feature-length narrative film or TV pilot or teleplay produced or in pre-production.

Projects with more than one writer may be considered upon assessment (both have to identify as women).

Projects with a strong female character in a leadership role at the center of the story.

Projects from all genres from and about women from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural groups.

Projects (pilots or spec scripts) must be narrative scripts in English of no more than 60 pages.

If chosen as a finalist, you will be asked to submit a one-page personal statement.

Writers can submit to both labs, but two separate applications and fees will need to be submitted.

There will be 8 to 10 writers accepted per lab.

TWO slots in the TV lab will be held for Stephens College MFA program affiliates.

10 finalists will be chosen and notified by April 15.

8 to 10 total winners will be chosen by April 29.