Actor Forest Whitaker speaks onstage at ELLE's 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills

Actor Forest Whitaker speaks onstage at ELLE’s 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills

*Forest Whitaker is headed to the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Oct. 24 where he’ll attend the opening ceremony and receive the festival’s Black Pearl Career Achievement award.

Actress Hiam Abbass (“Munich,” “Miral”) will also be presented with a Black Pearl career achievement award, which recognizes contributions to cinema as an artist, actor and professional.

The festival will open with the screening of Daniel Schechter’s “Life of Crime,” starring Mark Boone Junior

Whitaker is also scheduled for an onstage Q&A.

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2. It will also dish out its Black Pearl prizes from the inaugural child protection category, the Emirates Film section, the new horizons sidebar and the short film competition section at a ceremony on Oct. 31.