Ava DuVernay To Receive The Industry Visionary Award At The 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors


Ava DuVernay To Receive With The Industry Visionary Award At The 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors
Posted by Wilson Morales

November 14, 2017

Source: Deadline

Deadline is reporting that Ava DuVernay will be an honoree at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors. ABFF Ventures announced today that the Queen Sugar, Middle of Nowhere and Selma director will receive the Industry Visionary Award at the ceremony, which will be hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer (Barbershop, BET’s The Comedy Get Down).

The awards show, created by ABFF Ventures founder Jeff Friday, celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

“I am thrilled to honor Ava DuVernay. She is the embodiment of the importance of inclusion in Hollywood and deserves recognition as a creative force, as well as a forward-thinking leader in our industry. I’m equally excited to have the incomparable Cedric the Entertainer at the helm of what will be an enlightening and entertaining show,” said Friday.

DuVernay, a recent Emmy-winner for her Netflix documentary 13th and director of the hotly-anticipated Disney fantasy epic A Wrinkle In Time, joins the list of past ABFF Honors recipients that includes Denzel Washington, Regina King, Queen Latifah, Ryan Coogler, F. Gary Gray and Will Packer.

The event, executive produced by Friday and Suzanne de Passe for de Passe Entertainment, will take place February 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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