The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College will be March 2-5, 2023. For thirteen years, the festival has celebrated and elevated women's leadership. The Athena Film Festival is a joint project of Barnard College's Athena Center for Leadership and Women and Hollywood. The festival's founding sponsor is the Artemis Rising Foundation and its CEO Regina K. Scully.
"The Athena Film Festival was founded to disrupt the barriers, behaviors, and attitudes that underlie the entertainment industry's exclusionary history and traditions. Inclusion is integral to the mission of the Athena Film Festival, because inclusion is necessary in creating media that is truly reflective of our global community. We view this holistically, understanding that the definition is constantly evolving. Our definition includes race, color, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation."
The Athena Film Festival Ethos
Women's leadership takes no singular form. Stories of women leaders, in all their forms and all their complexity, are rarely shown on the big screen. Women whose leadership has been questioned, dismissed or erased, women who have risen up, spoken truth to power, women who empower their communities, inspire and educate, or women who simply survive – these are the stories we want to see. These are Athena stories.
Festival passes are currently on sale and range from student passes to patron passes. Find your way here: athenafilmfestival.com