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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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.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 12:00 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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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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