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Athena Film Festival: Voices of Women from Around the World

Held at Barnard College, the Athena Film Festival returns February 29th to March 3. The annual festival showcases narrative features, documentaries, and short films; in-depth conversations with filmmakers and thought leaders; and a wide variety of events focused on amplifying women’s leadership through storytelling. Included in the festival is a curated program of panels that will touch on a wide variety of topics such as disability, feminism, abortion, Indigenous storytelling and more. Panels include Decolonizing the Film Industry: Indigenous Women’s Voices (featuring Tremblay); Keeping the Industry Door Open: Beyond the “Trend” of Disability; Abortion Storytelling; Next-Generation Storytellers; and STEM Showcase: Data Science and Feminism.

Films being shown include:

  • 20,000 Species of Bees
  • Earth Mama
  • GIRL
  • The Persian Version
  • Dancing Queen
  • Fitting In
  • Waitress: The Musical
  • No One Asked You
  • Your Fat Friend

And many more.

To learn more, go to:

Athena Film Festival
February 29 - March 3, 2024

Barnard College
New York

12th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival


With a commitment to inclusivity and culture, Winter Film Awards International Film Festival (WFA-IFF) is returning to New York for its 12th year. Running February 22nd to 24th at the LOOK Dine-In Cinemas (657 West 57th Street) the festival aims to put a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. For 2024, the festival will showcase 82 films from around the world - from animated films, documentaries, dramas, horror films and music videos, 13 student films, 27 first-time directors and more than half of the films made by women and half by BIPOC directors.


  • Documentary Day – Saturday February 24 12:45pm-11:50pm. All documentaries, all day!

  • Bloody Friday Night Horror – Friday February 23 9pm-11:45pm. Eleven frightening short films from around the world!

  • Films from Spain  – 6 films, Thursday Feb 22, 8:30 PM-11:15 PM

  • Films from France – 5 films, Friday Feb 23, 8:30 PM-11:15 PM

  • Short Film Blocks  Thursday Feb 22, 6:00 PM-8:20 PM and Saturday Feb 24, 12:20 PM-2:25 PM

The Festival also includes a block of Education Sessions to help emerging filmmakers learn how to break into the industry.  There will be six FREE educational and career-building sessions open to the public.

  • All About Filmmaking in New York, with NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Deputy Director of Film Thavary Krouch and Laura Berning, Sr. Project Manager from the NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (Feb 22 12:45-2PM)

  • Everything You Need to Know about Music for Your Indie Film (Feb 22 2:15pm-3:30pm)

  • Filmmaking Unveiled: Navigating the Essentials for Actor Filmmakers with Valorie Hubbard  (Feb 22 3:45pm-5:00pm)

  • Grantwriting For Filmmakers (Feb 23 12:45pm-2:00pm)

  • Casting Strategies for Indie Filmmakers & Actors with Richard Jordan Casting (Feb 23 2:15pm-3:30pm)

  • Distribution Strategies For Independent Filmmakers with Dan Gurlitz (Feb 23 3:45pm-5:00pm)

To learn more, go to:

12th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
February 21 - 25, 2024

LOOK Dine-In Cinemas W57
657 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Special Cinema & Special Guests


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, now in it’s 39th entry, is set to have eleven days of cinema and special guests. The festival runs February 7th to the 17th at the Arlington Theatre, the festival features a wide swath of films. 

The opening night film is Madu, directed by Matt Ogens and Joel ‘Kachi Benson. Madu is a documentary that goes from the streets of Lagos to stages in England, as twelve-year-old Anthony Madu leaves his home in Nigeria to study at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. His journey is a story of extraordinary obstacles, courage, growth, and ultimately, his search for belonging. 76 Days is a uniquely immersive documentary, in which Steven Callahan gives a gripping first-hand account of his New York Times bestselling novel, Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea. Forced into his emergency raft after colliding with a whale, Steven drifts across the entire Atlantic Ocean. The closing night film is Chosen Family, which is written, directed by, and starring Heather Graham. Yoga teacher Ann is trying to find inner peace, despite having a manic family, a miserable dating life, and an inability to say no that keeps her busy trying to fix everyone else’s problems.

Among its guests, the festival has announced  that cinema icon Robert Downey Jr. will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award, its highest accolade.  The ceremony will include an in-person conversation between Downey and legendary film historian and critic Leonard Maltin, for whom the award is named. Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, America Ferrera, and Andrew Scott will discuss their work and receive their awards in-person on Saturday, February 10. Other special guests include Jeffrey Wright, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, and Paul Giamatti.

Also part of the fest is a selection of free filmmaker seminars. Topics include:

  • First-time Female Filmmakers 
  • The Long and Short of Short Filmmaking Monday
  • Fight the Power: Documentary Activism at Work
  • Independent Filmmaking
  • Global Lens: Conversations with International Filmmakers
  • My So Cal Life: California Filmmakers’ Roundtable 

To learn more, go to:

39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival
February 7 – 17, 2024

The Arlington Theatre
1317 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Museum of the Moving Image Curators’ Choice 2023 Looks Back on the Year in Cinema

Fallen Leaves

Located in Queens, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the top curators of cinematic history in the country. Now looking back at the film and TV of the past year is MoMI’s Curators’ Choice 2023. Running December 26 through January 28, the program features 31 titles (with possible additions) and includes some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2023, such as Oppenheimer, Anatomy of a Fall, Fallen Leaves, Killers of the Flower Moon, May December, The Boy and the Heron, Ferrari, The Holdovers, and Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros, along with cult hits suchs as R.M.N., Beau Is Afraid, Pacifiction, Godland, Scarlet, Dry Ground Burning, and more.

The series will include special screenings and events such as Oppenheimer, presented in both DCP and 70mm (Dec. 26–Jan. 4); Beau Is Afraid with director Ari Aster in person (Jan. 3); Succession, Season 4, Episode 3: “Connor’s Wedding” with director Mark Mylod in person (Jan. 7); The Holdovers with director Alexander Payne in person (Jan. 10); Passages with director Ira Sachs in person (Jan. 12); The Eternal Memory with director Maite Alberti in person (Jan. 13); Nothing Lasts Forever with director Jason Kohn in person (Jan. 13); Unrest, featuring a video introduction by director Cyril Schäublin (Jan. 20); Todd Haynes’s May December in 35mm (Jan. 20); Showing Up with director Kelly Reichardt in person (Jan. 26); De Humani Corporis Fabrica with directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel in person (Jan. 27); and Dry Ground Burning with director Joana Pimenta in person (Jan. 27). MoMI will announce additional special appearances as they are confirmed.

For the culinarily inclined, on January 14 Frederick Wiseman’s documentary Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros will be paired with Tran Anh Hung’s period drama The Taste of Things. The series also includes two dramas set in Parisian hospitals, Claire Simon’s Our Body and Castaing-Taylor and Paravel’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica. This is a cinematic buffet that’s not to be missed.

To learn more, go to:

Museum of the Moving Image Curators’ Choice 2023
December 26, 2023 - January 28, 2024

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.
Queens, NY 11106


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