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Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Hot Docs and Full Frame Announce 2013 Line Ups: The Women

Last week, the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival announced their special presentations line up. The festival runs from April 25-May 5 in Toronto. They are set to announce the rest of the line up including the opening night film on March 19.
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  • March 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Athena Co-Chair Diablo Cody Helps Kicks Off The Athena Film Festival Tonight

As we here at Women and Hollywood gear up for the Athena Film Festival starting tonight at Barnard College, we are so excited and thankful for the press that has been circulating about the festival. Co-chair of this year’s festival, Diablo Cody, has been speaking about the festival in a bevy of excellent interviews.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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Athena Film Festival Needs Volunteers and Women Filmmakers

As we previously reported, The Athena Film Festival (co-founded by our own Melissa Silverstein) is gearing up for its third year.
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  • December 6, 2012 4:00 PM
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TIFF Preview: The Female Directing Masters Playing at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto Film Festival opens tonight.  Over the next 10 days there will be a couple of hundred movies to be seen.  This is one festival where you can make a decision to see films by women and see plenty of films.  There are some extraordinarily high profile female directors opening films at the festival.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2012 2:00 PM
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TIFF Preview: Women Directors to Watch

The Toronto Film Festival launches tomorrow and there are women directors all over the lineup. We reached out to a couple of directors whose careers are on the way up (we will have some of our masters for you tomorrow) and asked them to answer a couple of questions as the Festival kicks off. I will try and see as many films as possible over the 8 days in Toronto. Please follow me on twitter @melsil and/or follow Women and Hollywood on Facebook for updates throughout the day.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2012 2:00 PM
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Locarno Film Festival Lineup: 2 Women Directed Films In Competition

On Wednesday, the Locarno Film Festival announced its lineup for in-competition films and the Piazza Grande program. Held from August 1-11, Locarno is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, currently in its 65th year.
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  • July 13, 2012 12:46 PM
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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

One thing that many people before me have taken note of is that film festivals have become the only way some films get seen in this new world of limited distribution.  No where is that point clearer than the Human Rights Watch Film Festival now going on at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC.  The circuit of human rights films festivals around the world are a place where you can see challenging films questioning the world that are not coming to a theatre or even a TV screen near you.  That's why these festivals are so important and need to be supported.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2012 1:30 PM
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Women at the 2012 LA Film Festival

The LA Film Festival starts this weekend.   There are many women directed films as part of the Festival.  Festival Director Stephanie Allain talked about the importance of having a diverse lineup:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 15, 2012 10:30 AM
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Lady Filmmakers at the LA Fest

The LA Film Festival runs from June 14-24. Here are the female directed films.
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  • May 8, 2012 9:37 AM
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Belma Bas Wins Top Award at International Frauen Film Festival for Zephyr

I just am back from Germany where I attended the International Frauen Film Festival, a truly wonderful environment where you can hang out with women working in the film business that you otherwise would never meet. We also had a couple of great meetings of women who work at women's film festivals (more on that later.)
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  • April 26, 2012 1:28 PM
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