Ava DuVernay

Tribeca Film Institute and Heineken USA on Saturday announced that the public had elected Ava DuVernay to receive the inaugural Heineken Affinity Award.

The award is given to an African-American filmmaker aged 21 and over “to empower and encourage them to continue to craft stories through film.”

DuVernay, whose Middle Of Nowhere premiered at Sundance 2012, receives a $20,000 cash prize and year-round support and professional development from TFI for her future projects.

DuVernay’s upcoming project Part Of The Sky is in development. She is the founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). 

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