Sherry Lansing to Receive Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at Athena Film Festival

Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons also will receive awards at the annual New York fest

Sherry Lansing will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, the New York fest focused on women and leadership.

Presented by Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and Hollywood, the festival will also present awards to Sundance Institute exec director Keri Putnam, “Nashville” creator Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons, the helmer and writer behind current release “Black Nativity.”

Former studio exec Lansing scores the lifetime kudo for a career that includes stints as chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and as prexy of 20th Century Fox.

Also this year the Athena fest inaugurates the Athena List, a roster of three to five unproduced screenplays with strong leading female characters, compiled as a call for more distaff protags on the bigscreen. First round of scripts to make the annual list will be announced during the 2014 festival.

The Athena fest inaugurated the Ziskin award in 2012 in honor of the late producer of films including “Spider-Man” and “Pretty Woman.”

The four-day fest — which will include screenings, public Q and A events and master classes – is set to run Feb. 6-9 at Barnard’s campus in uptown Manhattan.

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