Ava DuVernay

Middle of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay Wins Tribeca Film Institute’s Heineken Affinity Award

Ava DuVernay

Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay has won Tribeca Film Institute‘s inaugural Heineken Affinity Award.

The award, created to empower and encourage African-American filmmakers, includes a $20,000 prize and year round support and professional development for future projects.

Ava, who won the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, is currently working on a new project titled, Part of the Sky.

Also the founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), she was chosen as the winner by Hundreds of thousands online votes from January 15 to March 31, 2013.

“I can make as many films as my heart desires, but if there is no way for them to reach you — it’s all for nothing. Distribution is vital, my friends… I will donate 100% of the winnings to the black indie film distribution collective known as AFFRM. Together, we are strong.”

Read what Pattie Falch, Brand Director, Sponsorships and Events, had to say below:

“We could not be more pleased to name such a talented and dedicated filmmaker as the winner of the first ever Heineken Affinity Award. Heineken offers exceptional and unique experiences to our consumers and Ava does the same with her creative vision. We know she will go far with the funding and support we are able to provide along with the Tribeca Film Institute.”

Watch: Middle of Nowhere Trailer