The five-day festival opens Wednesday. Other honorees at Saturday's black tie gala, besides rhythm and blues queen Jones, include actress Diane Ladd and director Penelope Spheeris.
The festival has showcased music and film from more than 23 countries since its inception in 1995. Past lifetime achievement honorees include William Shatner, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, Shirley Jones, Carl Reiner, Billy Preston and Patty Duke.
The festival will premiere a new film documenting the 2002 edition of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, held annually in Washington. "Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition -- Director's Cut" is by director Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier. The documentary explores the 2002 Monk Competition, which was won by Canadian saxophonist Seamus Blake. There will be two screenings at the festival on Thursday and Saturday, both at 5 p.m.