Paul Feig
Athena Film Festival Paul Feig

The Athena Film Festival will present the director, producer, and screenwriter with its inaugural Athena Leading Man Award on Saturday, February 20, recognizing Feig for a body of work that's proven female-led comedies can attract both critics and audiences — from his big-screen breakout, 2011's "Bridesmaids" to "The Heat" (2013), "Spy" (2015), and his highly anticipated "Ghostbusters" remake (July 15), starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy. Feig is the first male to be honored by the Festival.

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“We feel it is crucial to recognize and honor not only the women who are breaking barriers, but also the men who support and advocate for them," said Melissa Silverstein and Kathryn Kolbert, who co-founded the festival to celebrate women in entertainment and highlight films that focus on stories of women's courage, power, and influence. During this year's edition, filmmaker Mira Nair will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award.

The sixth annual Athena Film Festival will take place February 18 – 21 at Barnard College.

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