The Athena Film Festival has announced this year’s recipients of the Athena Film Festival Awards, which honor noted actors, directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. As noted on Variety, philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, who over her career was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville, and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of the current film Black Nativity as well as Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou and The Caveman’s Valentine. The awards will be presented at the fourth annual festival, taking place on campus February 6-9, 2014. Read more.
Honoring extraordinary women in the film industry and showcasing films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world, the festival will include Q and A sessions with producers and directors, Hollywood conversations, and master classes. Another new feature of this year's event is the Athena List, which will highlight between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female characters that have yet to be made into films.