The Manhattan-based festival has partnered with The Black List for the inaugural mini-lab. Four women participants will be invited to the program, which will focus on scripts with women’s leadership.
“The deplorable state of gender diversity in Hollywood’s screenwriting ranks is both a moral and an economic outrage,” said Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List. “We’ve long admired what the Athena Film Festival, and co-founder Melissa Silverstein in particular, have done to raise the profile of this issue and address it head on. It was only natural for us to partner in an endeavor like this, and we’re very excited to do so.”
“The Athena Film Festival strives to give voice to the incredible female talent in the entertainment world.” said Kathryn Kolbert, co-founder of the Athena Film Festival. “Partnering with The Black List was an obvious choice as their goals align perfectly with the festival’s: to discover, harness, guide and mentor creative artists.”
The 2016 Athena Film Festival will take place on February 18-21.
Here’s more info on the Athena/Black List mini-lab from the press release:
The Black List is a well-respected database where writers submit
their screenplays for filmmakers and producers. The Mini-Lab will consist of an
intensive peer workshop and one-on-one sessions with professional
screenwriters as mentors. The two-day lab will provide an opportunity to
receive professional guidance, and prepare each writer for the realities of life
in the industry.
This Mini-Lab is only open to women writers. Ten screenwriters
will be picked, based on the strength of their scripts, as evaluated by The
Black List screenplay evaluation service and invited to submit a one page
personal statement. Four writers will be selected to participate in the Mini-Lab.
The submission period for the Athena Film Festival Black List
Mini-Lab is now open. Every script must be evaluated and hosted on www.blcklst.com. The deadline to
purchase an evaluation is November 1, and the deadline for submission is November