The Athena Film Festival Breakthrough Award

The Athena Film Festival Breakthrough Award is given to a feature length film — narrative or documentary — directed by a first or second time woman filmmaker that tells the story of a woman leader.

The winning film screens at the Athena Film Festival, and the director receives a $25,000 grant as part of the award.

Please note that in order for a film to be considered, the film cannot have a US theatrical distribution deal (including virtual cinema through a distributor) or a US streaming deal prior to February 1st, 2021.

This award is sponsored by Netflix.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Athena List Development Grant

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Athena List Development Grant is a $20,000 award given to an Athena List winner or finalist for a screenplay that focuses on a woman in a science-themed project. This grant places emphasis on stories dedicated to showcasing the diversity and resilience of women in STEM.

In addition to the grant, the Athena Film Festival hosts a reading to help widen exposure for the award-winning script.

This award is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For the full list of past Athena Awardees and Grantees click here.