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The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) honored the special achievements of iconic actress Cicely Tyson, vanguard film studio Screen Gems and the renowned Pan African Film Festival during its Special Achievement Awards Luncheon held at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, CA. The organization also introduced its Ashley Boone Award, named for the pioneering former president at Fox Studios, which will be presented to Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

“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.”

The African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the United States, representing television, radio, print and online critics. Annually, the organization presents awards in 12 categories in addition to four Special Achievement Honors. AAFCA also produce panels and workshops with our film festival partners and also work with leading academic institutions such as Howard University and Clark Atlanta University to mentor aspiring journalists and filmmakers. For more information visit:

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