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Athena Film Festival

Film industry leaders discuss the significance of Barnard's annual Athena Film Festival celebrating women's leadership in Hollywood and beyond. 

Opening night of the second Athena Film Festival sparkled with an array of film lovers and professionals

At a restored theater, Jennifer Christman engages a community of interests

The Athena Film Festival Awards honor extraordinary women for their leadership and creative accomplishments. See the complete 2012 lineup of acclaimed films and watch the festival trailer

The Inaugural Athena Film Festival

In February 2011, the inaugural Athena Film Festival presented over 25 films highlighting the multiplicity of women’s roles in the film industryas actors, writers, directors, and producers.

On the first night of the first ever Athena Film Festival, I was sitting in the dimly lit Diana Oval waiting for the screening of “Desert Flower,” a movie about nomad-turned-supermodel Waris Dirie, to begin. The last flickers of light died down and the screen lit up. Talking ceased as a pre-feature clip sang out: “I will not be afraid of women...”

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