The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. This past year we screened 46 films including 17 features, 13 documentaries, and 16 shorts. We welcomed guests including Billie Jean King, J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, Amma Asante, Barbara Kopple, and Bridget Everett among many others.

Additionally, as part of our work we offer writing labs for TV and film writers, masterclasses and works in progress programs for female filmmakers, and other skill-building panels and opportunities for women who are breaking into film.

One signature program is the Athena List. Now in its 5th year, the Athena List is an annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders that have yet to be made into films.

Submit Your Film

 Submissions for the 2019 festival are closed. Submissions for the 2020 Athena Festival will open in June 2019. 


The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders from all walks of life – stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. 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.

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