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

Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed; Only Two Women Directors in the Main Competition

On the PR bullshit of Cannes festival Thierry Fremaux and the myth of "good enough."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2014 9:55 AM
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Rebecca Zlowtowski to Head Two Cannes Juries During Critics' Week

Plus more good news out of Un Certain Regard.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 15, 2014 3:00 PM
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Cannes Workshop to Focus on Women Directors and Screenwriters

The goal of the workshop will be to brainstorm ideas on how to boost female participation in the European film industries.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Andrea Arnold to Head Cannes Critics Week Jury

Arnold will lead a five-person team in awarding new filmmakers.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Jane Campion to Lead Cannes 2014 Jury

The Cannes Film Festival has elected New Zealand director Jane Campion to preside over the 2014 jury.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 12:12 PM
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Blue is the Warmest Color Author Slams Sex Scenes in Film Adaptation

Everyone has been buzzing about Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color throughout all of Cannes and even more since its win of the coveted Palme d'Or. The three hour lesbian drama, received the prize the same day that anti-gay marriage protests, which was legalized earlier in the month, were taking place. It is the first lesbian themed film to win the Palme d'Or.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 29, 2013 12:55 PM
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Cannes 2013 Wraps Up Another Festival Full Of Sexist Issues

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Sunday evening with the announcement of the Palme D'Or and for a festival that continues to think and say that it does not have a "woman problem" this last festival proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this festival has a major "women problem."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 26, 2013 9:02 PM
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Blue is the Warmest Color Wins Palme D'Or at Cannes

On a day where there was a march in Paris against gay marriage that turned violent (same sex marriage becomes legal in France on Wednesday), the three hour lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2) starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux directed by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche took the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won the FIPRESCI prize which is a prize from international critics.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 26, 2013 7:15 PM
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Francois Ozon Believes That Many Women Fantasize About Being Prostitutes

You gotta love the news that comes out of Cannes. In between burglaries (they should check and see if the Bling Ring posse is still in town) you get some wonderful juicy tidbits from artists which cause you to wonder what the fuck are these people thinking.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 21, 2013 1:30 PM
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2013 Cannes News - Part 2

More lady news coming out of Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2013 5:30 PM
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