By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 21, 2011 at 5:27PM
The 2nd annual Athena Film Festival, described as a "Celebration of Women and Leadership,” is returning to Manhattan's Barnard campus from February 9-12, 2012. Artistic Director and co-founder Melissa Silverstein of Indiewire Blog Network's Women and Hollywood is programming again with help from this year's co-chairs: screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Young Adult"), director Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!" "Monsoon Wedding"), producer Debra Martin Chase ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The Princess Diaries") and Barnard alumna Jennifer Christman (Executive Director of The Picture House). “We can’t wait to share the line-up of films and special events that focus on inspiring stories of women leaders," said Silverstein.
“I am thrilled to be part of a festival that encourages women to use their talents to tell compelling stories of women and to support each other as they face the many obstacles of getting their work made into successful films,” said Diablo Cody. “The Athena Film Festival brings to the forefront the many issues women face today and celebrates the courageous women who help make a difference.”
“Not only is it critically important to support women in the arts," said Debra Martin Chase, "but also to highlight the accomplishments of women from all walks of life and from around the world. The Athena Film Festival is a wonderful forum where women’s voices can be heard and amplified.”
JustFilms, a Ford Foundation initiative, is coming on board as a Festival sponsor. “We are thrilled to bring to New York audiences powerful films about women leaders," said Kathryn Kolbert, Co-Founder of the Festival and Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, "and have the opportunity to create a much needed conversation about the important issues raised by these films.”
All access passes will be available in mid-December here.