The AAFCA Awards celebrates achievements in film and television as selected by members of our organization. Going into its 8th year, the annual star-studded event attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood as it recognizes the best performances of the year. In keeping with AAFCA’s mission to support and promote achievement of minorities in the arts and entertainment industry, several special achievement awards are given for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the film and television community.


AAFCA is an establishment!
— Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
If there is one thing that the African American Film Critics and film critics of color have been doing for a while that has been extremely successful and that I want to encourage is they’ve been calling us out by name.
— Paris Barclay, President, Director’s Guild of America

"It is so important that the African American Film Critics Association exist and that they celebrate every year all the best movies, because it’s for “us”!

-Stephanie Allain, Producer | Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival

"I feel that the work that the African American Film Critics Association do is vital to black filmmakers and black cinema."

-Ava DuVernay, Producer/Director

Film critics have such an important job. It’s through you that audiences connect to our work as directors.
— Ryan Coogler, Director, FRUITVALE STATION, CREED
The African American Film Critics Association is an invaluable institution.
— Reginald Hudlin, Academy Award nominee & Co-producer of the 88th Annual Academy Awards