This program is for DOCUMENTARY FILMS only!
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)
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College celebrates extraordinary films from across the globe that tell the stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. The curated program includes Academy Award-nominated films, award-winning features and documentaries, NY premieres, shorts and so much more.
An Athena film is one of defiance, survival, breakthrough and radical joy that comes from living as yourself. There are many ways to be a leader and there are even more ways to be a leader as a woman. Leadership was defined, and continues to be defined by men. Athena Films challenge that narrative and show how women work in and outside of this traditional definition to change what leadership looks like.
Now in its 12th year, the festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood. The Artemis Rising Foundation and its CEO Regina K. Scully is the festival’s founding sponsor. The 12th Annual Festival will take place in March 2022.
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;