‘KFP 2′ Director Nelson Honored by LA Femme Fest

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The LA Femme Film Festival has announced its Award Honorees for the seventh edition of the fest, set for Oct. 13-16. Among the notable women of film the event has chosen to celebrate this year is Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Nelson will receive the Maverick Award, presented by Melissa Cobb, who was producer on the film. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 has the noted distinction of being the highest worldwide boxoffice grossing film to date helmed by a female director. Nelson got her start at DreamWorks as a storyboard artist on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. She has since served on the storyboard and art teams for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Madagascar and the first Kung Fu Panda.

The other honorees to be presented awards at LA Femme are: Patty Jenkins (director, Monster) for the Visionary Award, Lainie Kazan (actress, My Big Fat Greek Wedding for the Thespian Award,  and Tasha Smith (actress, Why Did I Get Married?) for the New Establishment Award.

The festival will screen over 100 films, highlighting indie features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, seminars and more. A fundraising concert and special networking events will lead up to a red carpet Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian Sandra Valls and feature musical performance by Carmen Carter of Dancing with the Stars.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

To purchase tickets, all-access passes and for more information, visit www.lafemme.org.