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About the Festival

The Athena Film Festival focuses on what makes a leader – examining the values women leaders share and exploring leadership across race, class, and culture. The Festival highlights the diversity of women’s leadership in both real life and the fictional world, illuminating the stories of women from across the globe who have made a difference in their countries and their communities.

The Athena Film Festival is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Conversations with directors and Hollywood stars. Workshops for filmmakers. Sold-out audiences and industry buzz. All at the most sought-after women’s college in the nation, in the heart of New York.

The Athena Film Festival is a collaboration of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood.

Athena Center

Launched in 2009 as a special initiative of Barnard President Debora Spar, the Athena Center uses a wide-range of strategies to advance women as leaders in the public and private spheres and in the political and civic life of communities around the Globe. Kathryn Kolbert, the Constance HEss Williams Director, joined as its founding director in fall 2009. Since then, the center has provided education, research, professional development and public education programs both in New York and internationally.

Barnard College

A distinguished leader in American higher education since 1889, Barnard College at Columbia University provides a world-class liberal arts education to nearly 2,400 undergraduate women, many of whom go on to be world leaders in diverse fields. The College’s dedication to the advancement of women and its setting in New York City make Barnard an ideal home for the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, a multi-disciplinary center devoted to the advancement of women’s leadership.