The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, resilience, and moxie. The curated program includes Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts — including U.S. and world premieres. It is a weekend that celebrates the stories of remarkable women — stories that need to be told and deserve to be honored.

The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry. The Artemis Rising Foundation and its CEO Regina K. Scully is the festival's founding sponsor. The eighth annual Athena Film Festival will be held Feb. 22-25, 2018.

In 2014 we created The Athena List in an attempt to remedy the dearth of female characters and misconceptions about female-led films. The Athena List is an annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders or strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films.

Rules & Terms

The 2018 festival will begin accepting submissions for the Athena List on May 15, 2017. The submission period will close on August 15, 2017.

What We Look For:
- Stories of strong, bold, women leaders from all walks of life - stories of ambition, courage, resilience, and moxie.
-Screenplays must include the woman character at the center of the story
-Screenplays should not objectify or stereotype women
-Screenplays can be written by a person(s) of any gender
-Screenplays written by women must still focus on women’s leadership
-Screenplays must be for a feature length film, 80 to 130 pages. (NO SHORTS ACCEPTED)

Important: The screenplay needs to be complete and ready for production. Your screenplay should also have gone through some type of workshop or lab. Do not submit a first draft.

**Our submission process is two-tiered. We will first review the synopsis of your script. If your script fits our criteria we will notify you that it will be considered.**