2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Award Winners - Shawn Edwards Michael Phillip Anthony Hemingway Vanessa Morrison Floyd Norman Gil Robertson

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Award Winners – Shawn Edwards Michael Phillip Anthony Hemingway Vanessa Morrison Floyd Norman Gil Robertson

*The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) bestowed their Special Achievement Awards to Vanessa Morrison (President, 20th Century Fox Animation, Michael Phillips, Film Critic – Chicago Tribune; director, Anthony Hemingway and legendary Disney animator, Floyd Norman) for their career achievements on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA.

The event drew a wide cross-section of entertainment professionals that included: Sony Pictures President, Michael Barker, entertainment attorney, Nina Shaw, Blacklist founder, Franklin Leonard; Ebert Digital CEO, Chaz Ebert; producer Deborah Martin Chase; Diversity Executive, Deborah Langford NALIP Executive Director, Ben Lopez and Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

The organization will hold its annual AAFCA Awards event on Wednesday, February 8, 2016 honoring the best in film and TV.

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon - Cheryl Boone Issacs Debra Martin Chase Chaz Ebert Michael Barker, Pres. Sony Pics Classics

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon – Cheryl Boone Issacs Debra Martin Chase Chaz Ebert Michael Barker, Pres. Sony Pics Classics

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon - Michael Barker, Nina Shaw, Chaz Ebert, and Michael Phillips, Film Critic Chicago Tribune

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon – Michael Barker, Nina Shaw, Chaz Ebert, and Michael Phillips, Film Critic Chicago Tribune

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon - Nina Shaw Anthony Hemingway and Deborah Langford

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon – Nina Shaw Anthony Hemingway and Deborah Langford

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Luncheon - 20th Century Fox Animation President Vanessa Morrison and Family

2017 AAFCA Special Achievement Luncheon – 20th Century Fox Animation President Vanessa Morrison and Family