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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 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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Amma Asante Inspires Women Filmmakers at BAFTA Event: "I Want to Do a Studio Film to Show that as a Woman I Can":

"I’ve been asked by financiers if I wear my high heels when I’m filming," she reveals.
  • By Alice Thorpe
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  • July 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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UK Sets a Diversity Forum

Screen International and Broadcast are teaming up with FilmLondon and Creative Skillset will be hosting a forum about improving diversity within the UK Film and TV industries.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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The BBC Academy's Anne Morrison Appointed Deputy Chair of BAFTA

Adding to her role as Director of the BBC Academy (their training centre), Anne Morrison has been appointed Deputy Chair of BAFTA. She will support Chair John Willis, who is in the second year of his two year term.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • July 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Olivia Colman, 'Girls' Take Home BAFTA TV Awards

Last night, BAFTA handed out their TV awards. Actress Olivia Colman won big--receiving both the female performance in a comedy award for Twenty Twelve and supporting actress award for Accused (Mo's Story). Girls took home best international show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 13, 2013 11:25 AM
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Emmanuelle Riva, Lynne Ramsay and Juno Temple Win at 2013 BAFTAS

On Sunday, the BAFTAS held their annual awards ceremony. As awards season comes to a close, there weren’t many upsets but a couple interesting things of note. Emmanuelle Riva won lead actress for Amour. Brenda Chapman won for best animated film with Brave. Lynne Ramsay’s short film Swimmer won. And Juno Temple won the EE Rising Star Award.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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2013 BAFTA Nominees Include Kathryn Bigelow, Judi Dench, Lynne Ramsay

On the heels of learning that 4 out of the 5 nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award are women, comes the full list of the 2013 BAFTA awards nominees. Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Zero Dark Thirty are there for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, as is Jessica Chastain for Best Actress. Judi Dench is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Skyfall. Lynne Ramsay got a nomination for her short film, Swimmer. Writer/Director of I Am Nasrine, Tina Gharavi was nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 10, 2013 3:00 PM
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4 Women out of 5 Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Last year’s British Academy of Film and Television Rising Star award nominees were dominated by only actors. This year, actresses are taking the upper hand, with 4 out of the 5 nominations going to women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 8, 2013 9:35 AM
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