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 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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Women and Hollywood

Mira Nair to Direct Bengali Detective

Mira Nair is set to helm Bengali Detective as her next project.
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  • August 9, 2013 1:00 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: Women Directors

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival announcement is fantastic for both films directed by women and written by. The festival, in its 12th year, will be hosted in locations around New York City from April 17-28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2013 10:30 AM
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More Women-Directed Films Nab Deals Out of TIFF

While the whirlwind of the Toronto International Film Festival is now behind us, the deals from TIFF are continuing. Over the weekend, many women-created, women-focused films were picked up by major distributors.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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The Toronto Experience - Part One

Greetings from the Toronto Film Festival. I touched down on Thursday afternoon and since that moment this has been a serious whirlwind. Since it is my second year I understand is the key is pace and endurance. You have to sprint through the first weekend when everyone in the industry is in town for the big premieres and there are many parties and events to attend. I have gone non-stop for over three days and haven't had a moment to write anything.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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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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Women Directors Abound at the Venice Film Festival

The news on the prevalence of women directors coming out out of the Venice Film Festival is in stark contrast to the different conversation that came out of Cannes just several months ago. Festival director Alberto Barbera claims that they just programed the movies and then afterwards realized that about 30% of the movies they picked were directed by women. Here's what he said:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 5, 2012 9:14 AM
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4 Women Directors in Competition at 2012 Venice International Film Festival

Contrary to the folks at Cannes who seem to not be able to find any women directed movies for their competition, Alberto Barbara has gotten 4 films with women directors (or co-directors) in the competition.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2012 1:20 PM
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First Toronto 2012 Lineup News - Women Directors

Unlike the folks at Cannes, Toronto seems to understand that there are many great women directors, making films that can play at the highest level and this year is no different.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2012 1:15 PM
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Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist to Open The Venice Film Festival

Mira Nair's new film The Reluctant Fundamentalist will open the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 29th. It will screen out of competition.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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Announcing the 2nd Annual Athena Film Festival: a Celebration of Women and Leadership

For those of you who don't know, I am the artistic director and co-founder of the awesome (if I do say so myself) Athena Film Festival. We will launch year two on February 9. We will be announcing the awardees and the films over the next two months.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 2:27 PM
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