The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, focused on women and
leadership and headed by Indiewire’s own Melissa Silverstein of Women and
Hollywood, will take place February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College.
This year’s fest will include Q and A sessions with
producers and directors, Hollywood conversations and master classes.
The 2014 recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards are philanthropist
Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President
of 20th Century Fox, receiving the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award; Keri
Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute; Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning
screenwriter of “Thelma and Louise” and creator of the series “Nashville”; and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer
of “Black Nativity,” T”alk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou” and “The Caveman’s Valentine.”
In addition, the Athena List has been newly created, highlighting
between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female characters that
have yet to be made into films. The first group of selected screenplays on the
Athena List will be announced at the festival.
Early bird passes for the fest are now available
online. Individual ticket sales and the
announcement of the lineup will take place in early January 2014. Athena’s
website has more info.