Ava DuVernay

Film director, screenwriter and founder, ARRAY Film Distribution

Ava DuVernay is a film writer, producer, director and distributor. Her 2014 film Selma, about Martin Luther King’s 1965 campaign to secure equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, was nominated for the 2015 Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Picture. Her previous film, Middle of Nowhere, won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award.

She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in English and African American studies, and then worked as a film publicist. Her award-winning distribution company ARRAY has undertaken more than 120 film and television campaigns for various acclaimed directors. It focuses on films made by people of colour and by women.