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

Despite the Lack of Opportunities UK Female Screenwriters and Directors Are Successful

The BFI reports shows that while there are not enough opportunities for women screenwriters and directors, the films they are working on are disproportionately successful.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • November 26, 2013 10:00 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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BFI Stats Show That the UK Claimed 15.3% of the Global Box Office in 2012

Although the UK's share of 2012's global box office is down 2% from the previous year, at 15.3% it is the third highest share on record and more than twice than what was earned in 2009. In money terms, the UK took $5.3 billion of a record-breaking $34.7 billion global box office.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • July 30, 2013 4:30 PM
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