Veteran director Ron Howard will be honoured for his long-running filmmaking career at this year's (09) Austin Film Festival.
Howard will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award annual event in October (09).
In a career spanning 50 years, the star has become one of the most successful moviemakers of all time, creating mega-hits such as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon and seeing his work pull in nine Oscars.
Howard will be on hand throughout the festival to host a series of panels for other filmmakers.
Previous recipients of the award include Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack and Danny Boyle.