Jodie Foster To Receive Laura Ziskin Award At Athena Fest

Jodie Foster will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual Athena Film Festival on February 7. The award, bestowed by fest organizer Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and Hollywood, is given in Ziskin’s name to a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate. Foster becomes the third recipient of the honor, joining Sherry Lansing and Gale Anne Hurd.

Foster, in her 49th year in the business, has won two acting Oscars and now is prepping the pic Money Monster with George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell. It will be her fourth directing gig. In 2013, she was given the Golden Globes’ lifetime honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The Athena fest, which runs February 5-8 in NYC, also will honor HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins, writer-director-producer Gina Prince-Bythewood and producer Cathy Schulman.

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