This past February Barnard College was proud to host the Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College andWomen and Hollywood, a women’s film news and advocacy Web site. Throughout the 4-day festival, attendees had the opportunity to see over 25 films that highlight the wide diversity of women’s leadership in both real life and the fictional world, illuminating the stories of women from across the globe that have made a difference in their countries and communities. Through these feature films, documentaries and shorts, as well as conversations with directors, activists, actors and film industry executives, the festival organizers aimed to examine the complex opportunities, difficulties, and values women in the film making industry share.
The development of the Athena Film Festival came at a critical time:
The Athena Film Festival recognized 13 women for their leadership in the film industry and their creative accomplishments, with the Athena Awards presented at a star-studded opening reception hosted by Lynn Sherr, former ABC News correspondent and author.
Women Make movies
Debra Martin Chase
Greta Gerwig ‘06
Delia Ephron ‘66
For more information, go to www.athenafilmfestival.com.