Veteran actress Marla Gibbs will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 17th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) later this month (Feb09). The five-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominated star, best known for her long-running role in U.S. sitcom The Jeffersons, will be present with the prize at the 10-day event - which promotes racial tolerance through the film and arts industries.
Miracle at St. Anna star Omar Benson Miller will receive the PAFF's Canada Lee Award, while filmmaker Anthony Fabian will present his film Skin, starring Sophie Okenedo, during PAFF's opening night at the Directors Guild of America on 6 February (09).
In Trouble actor Blair Underwood will host the festival, held at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Los Angeles from 5 to 16 February (09).