Submit Now: Athena Film Festival’s Works-in-Progress Program

Women and non-binary filmmakers who want to hone their documentary project pitches please note: Athena Film Festival (AFF) Works-in-Progress Program now accepts entries. The program is an intensive pitch training and history-enhancing initiative, and the program allows participants to pitch to a panel of industry professionals, work with peers, receive guidance from filmmaker Judith Helfand (“Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code”) and network with potential supporters and partners.

Participants will work with program facilitator Helfand and their cohort to promote their pitches, projects, and materials. They will then pitch their project live at the Works-In-Progress Pitch Forum on March 11 during AFF 2022.

The Works-in-Progress program is for documentaries only. Eligible projects must include at least one woman or girl in a managerial position, have a producer affiliated and already be in production or have some footage. Stories of girls or women from all racial, ethnic, socio-economic and cultural groups will be accepted. Filmmakers who identify as women, non-binary, or gender-conform, are welcome to apply, but they must not have completed more than three documentaries.

A celebration of stories of violent and fearless female leaders, the 12th annual Athena Fest will take place in person at Barnard College, NYC 11-13. March and almost 11.-20. March. Women and Hollywood Publisher and founder Melissa Silverstein is the festival’s co-founder and artistic director.

Submissions to the Works-in-Progress program are accepted until January 14th. There is no submission fee. Notifications will be sent out before February 18th. Submit the program or find out more via FilmFreeway.

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