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Women and Hollywood


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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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Variety's 10 Directors to Watch: A Glimpse of the Future We're Fighting for

Not too long ago, it seemed as though Variety had never heard of a woman director other than Nicole Holofcener. But its "10 Directors to Watch" list for 2013 gives female filmmakers a much fairer turn, with five of the eleven directors singled out for recognition being women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Clio Barnard Only Sight & Sound-Approved Woman Director

Director Clio Barnard must be tired of collecting awards by now. Here's another for her scrapbook: her debut narrative feature, The Selfish Giant, landed on film magazine Sight & Sound's top-ten list.
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  • December 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Clio Barnard, Claire Denis Awarded at Stockholm Film Fest

The Selfish Giant is quickly becoming Women and Hollywood most anticipated film of 2014. News came from Stockholm yesterday that Selfish director Clio Barnard was bestowed yet another honor -- the Best Film prize at the Stockholm Film Festival -- for her Oscar Wilde adaptation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 18, 2013 12:30 PM
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Female Filmmakers Sweep Half of AFI Awards

Women directors received half of the awards presented at the closing of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles yesterday. British filmmaker Clio Barnard, whose first narrative feature, 'The Selfish Giant,' has been collecting accolades this award season, won two of the AFI's twelve prizes.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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Directors Susanne Bier and Clio Barnard Nominated by European Film Awards, British Indie Awards

The European Film Awards and the Moet British Independent Film Awards recognized one female director apiece, Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need, earned a nod for Best Comedy. Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant earned the second-highest number of nominations at BIFA, including Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
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  • November 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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Stockholm International Film Festival Announces Competition Films and Lineup

The Stockholm International Film Festival has announced their films in competition and their general lineup. The 24th annual festival will screen over 180 films from 50 countries.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Introduction to the London Film Festival

Having opened in true Hollywood form on Wednesday night with a gala screening of Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips, the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is well under way.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 13, 2013 7:28 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Selfish Giant - Directed by Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard's latest, The Selfish Giant, has just released a UK trailer.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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2013 BFI London Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

The programme for the 2013 BFI London Film Festival has been announced to great fanfare in Leicester Square. When it comes to women filmmakers, the news is as usual a bit scarce, but there are a few gems and intriguing inclusions.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • September 4, 2013 1:30 PM
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