Sherry Lansing
Sherry Lansing

Sherry Lansing will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, the festival announced today, along with the names of the other recipients of The Athena Film Festival Awards. The awards honor extraordinary female actors, directors, and producers for their leadership and creative accomplishments within the film industry.

The other award recipients include Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute; Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter and creator of the series "Nashville;" and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of "Black Nativity," as well as "Talk to Me," "Eve's Bayou" and "The Caveman's Valentine." 

As former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, Lansing has been involved with the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films.

The Festival has also announced the newly created Athena List which will highlight between 3-5 completed screenplays with strong leading female characters that have yet to be made into films. The first group of selected screenplays will be announced at the festival.

"Now entering our fourth year of the festival we continue to push boundaries with our films and filmmakers, focusing on celebrating women leaders and their talents," said Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Athena Film Festival and founder of the Indiewire network blog Women and Hollywood.  "We look forward to honoring these creative women and are excited for a diverse slate of programming and films this year."

The festival will be held February 6-9, 2014 on Barnard's campus in New York City. Early bird passes are now available online.