When I think about the disproportionate representation of women, the film industry does not immediately come to mind. It is obvious that women are inappropriately represented on the big screen in ways that reproduce gender inequalities and stereotypes, but what is not so obvious is the way that women are under-celebrated as directors, screenwriters, and producers of award-worthy films. According to the Athena Film Festival: ” In 83 years, only four women have been nominated for best director, and only a single woman has won. In 2010, in the 250 top-grossing domestic films, women made up only 7% of directors, 10% of writers, and 15% of executive producers. 98% of these films had no female cinematographers.”
The Athena Film Festival was created in order to celebrate the leadership and achievements of women in the film industry. This year the Festival will be screening approximately 30 films, some of which will be followed by conversations with actors, writers, producers, and directors. In it’s second year, the Festival will be hosted at Barnard College from February 9-12th. A list of the film screenings can be found here: http://athenafilmfestival.com/.
As the only film festival in the nation dedicated to celebrating women and leadership, the The Athena Film Festival promises to be a momentous event for the acknowledgment of women’s success in the film industry.