Taymor to be feted at Athena Film Festival

Organisers have praised Taymor for her “vision and courage as an exemplary director” while Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody will also be recognised at the event, which celebrates women for their creative accomplishments.

New Girl producer Elizabeth Meriwether and screenwriter Theresa Rebeck will also receive prizes at the second annual award ceremony hosted by the private women’s college Barnard in New York.

A new award will be posthumously dedicated to Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin, who lost her battle with cancer in June (11), and accepted by her daughter Julia Barry.

The honour will be handed out to female film trailblazers in future years.