Funnyman Will Ferrell is to be feted at the Deauville American Film Festival in France for his contribution to comedy.

The Anchorman star joins Jessica Chastain and director James Cameron as honourees at the annual event.

Organisers of the festival, which celebrates American cinema, will show a retrospective of Ferrell's work throughout its run in September (14).

Festival director Bruno Barde calls Ferrell "a king of comedy" and adds, "The Deauville American Film Festival is, as its name suggests, the festival of all kinds of cinema, of every genre, and therefore considers nothing off-limits... Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more - a pure delight for the audience."

Previous Deauville honourees include Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore.