Welcome to the 2021 Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Here’s what you can expect this year. As you can tell, we’re doing things a little differently this year. We’re virtual and curating a program that receives, reacts and responds to this past year. With all of our programming, we hope to examine the challenges around us, celebrate those who have taken up the task to solve them, and use this moment as an opportunity to envision the kind of world we want to live in.

The 11th annual Athena Film Festival will take place during March in celebration of Women’s History Month. Our program will include features, documentaries, shorts, and conversations and will be curated around specific program areas. Please keep reading to learn more about our program topics. We look forward to examining these themes that will help us bring these vital topics beyond the screen and into our everyday lives.

Purchase your pass for the 2021 Virtual Festival Here.

Mission & Vision

Over the past ten years, the Athena Film Festival has established itself as the premier festival dedicated to celebrating and elevating women’s leadership. Our festival highlights films showcasing women’s leadership from underexplored perspectives; women leading in all places and spaces who are resisting and refuting preconceived notions of all they can be and do. Through our Parity Pipeline Program we are bolstering the pipeline of women creatives who are telling these stories and fostering a network of women in film.

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.