The Athena Film Festival and IRIS are partnering to present the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab is designed for female writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. The lab is a two day intensive devoted to script development.

Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in a leadership role at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives. Submissions are open September 6-October 30, after which eight to ten finalists will be chosen by a committee. Four winners will be notified in January 2018.

Rules & Terms

-Submissions will open September 6 at 12:00pm EST through October 30 at 11:59pm EST

-The submission fee is $55
-8-10 finalists will be chosen by December 15 and asked to write a personal statement for further consideration
-Four winners will be chosen by January
-Lab participants will be provided meals during the lab as well as a full pass to participate in all activities of the Athena Film Festival

Who Can Apply:
-Writers who have yet to have a film produced who identify as female.
-Screenplays must include a strong female character in a leadership role at the center of the story.
-We seek screenplays from all genres about women in all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.
-Screenplays must be feature-length narrative scripts in English of no more than 120 pages. We will not consider TV, shorts, plays, book excerpts, or documentaries.
-Scripts with more than one writer (both have to identity as female) can be considered.
-As part of the submission process you will be asked to include a log line of the film and a synopsis.
-Scripts submitted to the Athena List are not eligible for this workshop.

If selected to participate in the lab you must be available to be in New York City, February 22-23, 2018 (no travel stipend provided).