Lena Waithe will receive the Creative Impact in Producing Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. The honor will be awarded to her at Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch Brunch, which is supported by AT&T.

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Waithe is the screenwriter and producer of Queen & Slim, which received the Impact Award and is named one of the top 10 best Films of the YEar by the African-American Film Critics Association.

“Lena Waithe is one of the most prolific writer-actor-producers working in Hollywood right now, with an extraordinary ability to get projects with black filmmakers and talent produced for film and television,” says Claudia Eller, Variety editor-in-chief. “With ‘Queen & Slim,’ Lena wrote and produced a story that has been central to the conversation regarding representation and storytelling in the black community. Her determination to get these stories told is inspiring.”


Also at the brunch, Robert De Niro will be honored with the Creative Impact in Acting Award. Joker director Todd Phillips will receive the award for Directing.