Honorees directors Ryan Coogler (L) and John Singleton attend the 7th Annual AAFCA Awards on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Honorees directors Ryan Coogler (L) and John Singleton attend the 7th Annual AAFCA Awards on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for AAFCA)

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will hold its 12th Annual AAFCA Awards honoring outstanding achievement in film on April 7, 2021.

Awards will be handed out to winners in the following categories:

Best Film

Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Breakout Performance

Best Animated Film

Best Independent Film

Best Foreign Film

Best Documentary

Best Song

AAFCA Award winners will be announced along with AAFCA’s annual “Top 10” list highlighting the top 10 films of the year and the top 10 television programs of the year on March 8, 2021.

The deadline to screen films for the AAFCA membership for awards consideration is March 7, 2021 and voting will take place on March 7, 2021. Additional honorary awards that will be presented at the 12th Annual AAFCA Awards will be announced later this year including the AAFCA Stanley Kramer Award and the AAFCA Cinema Vanguard Award.

AAFCA recently held its 2nd Annual AAFCA TV Honors recognizing outstanding achievement in television with great success as a virtual ceremony.

“It is anticipated that in light of the pandemic,” stated AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson IV, “the AAFCA Awards will also be held as a virtual event, but we’re monitoring the situation closely and can adapt to an in-person or hybrid event if the situation improves.” He added “There have already been so many worthy films and performances in 2020 – We’re eager to recognize the incredible achievements of the film community during this unprecedented time.”

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