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Jodie Foster Receives Laura Zizkin Lifetime Achievement Award


The award celebrates female contributions to film.

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By no means is Jodie Foster a novice at awards ceremonies, and this year is no exception. The actress and filmmaker will be receiving the Laura Zizkin Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership in film that runs from February 5-8.

Foster first gained critical attention as a child star in films like Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Taxi Driver. She's since appeared in over 40 films and has won two Oscars for her performances in The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused. Foster is now exploring her talent as a director, getting behind the camera for such films like Little Man Tate and The Beaver, and acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

"It is truly an honor to receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the Athena Film Festival, which celebrates the power, creativity and leadership of women in the entertainment industry," said Foster. "These are values I share deeply with the festival and I am thrilled to be recognized amongst my colleagues and peers."

Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Athena Film Festival and founder of Women and Hollywood, added: "Jodie Foster is a trailblazer in the industry, and since the beginning of her career has broken down barriers for female filmmakers and actresses. We look forward to celebrating her amongst our other 2015 awardees."

You can purchase early bird passes for the festival online. Individual ticket sales and the announcement of the lineup will take place in early January 2015. Please visit Athena Film Festival for regular updates, announcements and to purchase passes.

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