The Athena Film Festival Awards annually honor directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. This year’s awardees include Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Gina Prince-Bythewood, director, writer and producer behind films such as “Love & Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees” and this year’s indie sleeper “Beyond the Lights,” and Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-winning producer, President of Mandalay Pictures, and President of Women in Film, known for films including “Crash,” “The Illusionist,” “Darfur Now” and “Bernie.”
This year’s Athena Film Festival will return to Barnard in Morningside Heights, running February 5 to 8, 2015. The fest showcases female-driven films with screenings, master classes, Q & As and more. Regina K. Scully, the Phoebe Snow Foundation and the Artemis Rising Foundation are the festival’s Founding Sponsors. Festival co-chairs include: Amma Asante; Julie Parker Benello; Debra Martin Chase; Dan Cogan; Diane Levin; Jon Levin; Regina K. Scully and Rachel Weisz.
Cofounded by Kathryn Kolbert and Melissa Silverstein (founder of Indiewire blog Women and Hollywood), the Athena Film Festival will also bring back the Athena List, which has been called the “gender conscious cousin” of The Black List, highlighting completed, yet-to-be produced screenplays with strong leading female characters.
Anne Thompson received an Athena Film Festival Award in 2011.