Athena Film Festival All You Need to Know

Posted Monday 18 Jul 2016

It hardly seems like a year since the previous Festival were calling for submissions but yes indeed the 7th annual Athena Film Festival will take place February 9-12, 2017 at Barnard College in New York City.

Film Submissions will be accepted through September 15, 2016.  Submissions are free of charge. You will find the submission overview below and all the information on  how to submit a film here.

They are looking for Documentaries, Features, and Shorts that:

Reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life-narratives of ambition, courage, strength and resilience;

Showcase women leaders who help us interpret the reality of the modern world-captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision;

Highlight the talents of emerging artists-capturing a new generation's take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders.

Athena List Submissions will be accepted through September 15, 2016. Submissions are free of charge. You will find the submission overview below and all the information on  how to submit a screenplay here.

What They Look For:

Screenplays must include a strong woman character in a leadership role at the center of the story

Screenplays should not objectify or stereotype women

Screenplays can be written by a person(s) of any gender

Screenplays written by women must still focus on women's leadership

Screenplays must be for a feature length film, 80 to 130 pages.  (NO SHORTS ACCEPTED)

Screenplays must have been workshopped in some capacity, whether through a lab or competition.

Important: The screenplay needs to be complete and ready for production. Do not submit an early draft.

The Athena Film Festival is committed to ensuring that filmmakers across the globe have the opportunity to become involved in our festival.

Please email them at: if you have any questions.


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Dig Deep for Director's Debut

Posted Monday 18 Jul 2016

Long-time WIFT member Sapna Samant has a challenging job as a GP in Poririua (where she is responsible for their refugee intake), but she doesn't forget she is a filmmaker!

She is crowdfunding for her short film directorial debut DEBTS WE PAY on Boosted. The target is $5000 and it closes on 13th August. (pop this into your browser to learn more)

DEBTS WE PAY is the story of an Indian family in Wellington and how they negotiate living between two cultures. It is an independent short co-produced by Brett Mills. Both Sapna and Brett invested their own money towards the production and are now looking to raise funds for post-production.

This project has a high number of women on the crew:  Michelle Turner, Aline Tran, Angela Boyd, Annabel Wilson, Anna Shaw, Sarah McMullan and Anuwela Howarth, to name a few.

Emerging Artists Trust Wellington has granted funds specifically towards editing so the $5000 will go towards other aspects of post-production.

The Boosted page is live now.

Put this into your browser and start funding!

This is an all or none platform which means if they do not raise the amount by 13th August then all donations will be returned and the filmmakers will not get a penny.

Make a donation now. NZ residents qualify for a 33% tax credit on their donations from the IRD with a receipt automatically provided by The Arts Foundation (as The Arts Foundation is a registered charity) for any donation made.

If you don't have a Boosted account, you can create one by clicking on JOIN BOOSTED. Enter your name and email and you are ready to donate.

You can 'like' the Facebook page to know more about the film.

Please donate. Every cent helps.