I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about this for a while now, but only just got the chance to do so. I want to show you guys this amazing thing that one of my followers shared with me the other week.
The Athena Film Festival is, as their description states, “a celebration of woman and leadership.” It’s a four-day festival of short, documentary, and feature films that celebrate the achievements of both real and fictional women. More than that, it also has an extensive schedule of Q&As and conversations with female directors, producers, and actresses, as well as workshops for aspiring filmmakers.
I really feel like I need to highlight the fact that this is an intersectional organization. They’re interested in the work and experiences of all women from all classes, ethnicities, races, and countries, and this is reflected not only in the subjects of the films, but also in the international attendance and creative teams that bring these films to life. This is a festival about women everywhere in all walks of life, about celebrating what makes us leaders and pioneers, what makes us strong and amazing and women. This is for us.
If you’re lucky enough to attend (and I’m basically cursing the fact that I didn’t know this existed when I was still in NYC), the Festival will be February 6-9, 2014, at Barnard College. This may seem far out, but part of the reason for sharing this with you guys so early is to encourage any aspiring filmmakers out here on tumblr to submit and share their work. (guidelines and more info here—deadline is September 15th) This is a great chance for you to make your voice heard and join a network of similarly badass women paving their way through the film industry.
Even if you can’t submit or make it to the festival, I strongly encourage you to spread the word in case someone in your network does. And while you’re at it, you really ought to check out the Athena Festival’s Tumblr, which is constantly posting quotes, articles, interviews, and features from and about the inspiring women who are leading the way in the film industry. It’s an absolutely fantastic read, and a wonderful thing to have on your dash :)
On a more personal note, I should add that as an actress who grew up in the film/commercial industry thanks to her writer/director father, and who has seen friends from high school and college trying to break into the industry, this really, really warms my heart.
I’m not doing the festival justice. Seriously, take a second and go check it out. It’ll definitely be worth your while!