Athena Film Festival, to be held February 5-8 at Barnard College in Manhattan, has already announced their 2015 honorees: director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), HBO documentary president Sheila Nevins, and Oscar-winning producer and Women in Film president Cathy Shulman, will be celebrated for their leadership and creative accomplishments.

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The festival, now in its fifth year, shows off all the hard work of wicked cool women filmmakers of indies and big studios, as well as the dynamic, developed female characters that populate their documentaries, shorts, and features. They also curate the Athena List -- the “gender-conscious cousin of the Black List” -- a roster of 3-5 completed, but undeveloped scripts featuring strong female characters.

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Last year, the festival line-up included some of my fave flicks of 2013: In a World…, Maidentrip, and Short Term 12. The program for this year will be announced in early January, but I bet it’ll be just as rad. So, grab an early bird pass (two tickets would make a perfect holiday gift...)!

 

Images via Athena Film Festival, Eurweb, Chapman University

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