Brenda Chapman to Appear at Athena Film Festival

athena film fest 2013 Billed as “a celebration of women and leadership,” the Athena Film Festival is now in its third year of creating a fun, engaging weekend that’s packed with films, documentaries, shorts that highlight female leadership, both in real life and the fictional world.

And if you’re in New York from February 7-10, we suggest you make plans to attend the festival, which promises to be as entertaining as it is inspiring. The entire line-up is worth seeing, but we’re especially excited for our own Brenda Chapman to appear at noon EST on Feb. 9, where she’ll participate in a live Q&A immediately following a screening of Brave.

We recommend attending as much of the festival as possible—after all, it’s going to be amazing! The Athena Film Festival schedule is filled with Q&As and chats from noted film directors and producers, including:

And if you’re an aspiring filmmaker, we definitely recommend attending. The festival includes workshops for filmmakers sponsored by JustFilms, a Ford Foundation initiative. Choose from AFI Workshop From Script to Screen: Producing a Short Film or AFI Directing Workshop for Women Open House, both of which are free to attend with a ticket.

Although participants will discuss different films and topics, they’re united by one theme: “The festival highlights the diversity of women’s leadership in both real life and the fictional world, illuminating the stories of women from across the globe who have made a difference in their countries and communities.”

Check out the festival schedule for a complete list of events, and be sure to snag your tickets, too! Adult and student rates are available.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have packing to finish. Hope to see you in the Big Apple!

Image via Athena Film Festival

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