Actress Cicely Tyson; Screen Gems and the Pan African Film Festival to be honored during a formal luncheon at the California Yacht Club
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) honored actress Cicely Tyson, vanguard film studio Screen Gems and the renowned Pan African Film Festival. During this year’s ceremony, the organization introduced its Ashley Boone Award, named for the pioneering former president of Fox Studios, which will be presented to Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films. The event was held during a private luncheon on Friday, February 22 at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA.
A former secretary turned actress, Tyson received AAFCA’s “Legacy Award” for her work in cinema over five decades. The venerable Pan African Film Festival will be recognized for its 25-year history of providing support to emerging African-American filmmakers and Screen Gems and Rainforest Films jointly received the group’s “Cinema Vanguard Award” for their exemplary commitment for diversity in film. The founders of Rainforest Films, Will Packer and Rob Hardy individually, received the organization’s inaugural Ashley Boone Award.
“It is a privilege and an honor to bestow AAFCA’s Special Achievement Awards to these great individuals and organizations,” said AAFCA founder and president, Gil Robertson IV. “Each of our special honorees has added significant value to their respective crafts while also paving the way for emerging talent in this business.”