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It has been announced that Robert Zemeckis will be granted the Director of the Year award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for the movie Flight. The PSIFF event will be held on January 3-14 next year, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

PSIFF will also honor Naomi Watts (The Impossible) with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting, and Helen Hunt (The Session) with the Spotlight Award.

According to Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner, “For 35 years, Robert Zemeckis has been creating some of the most iconic and indelible images in cinema, garnering international acclaim as a filmmaker of extraordinary vision."

"In his latest work, ‘Flight,’ Zemeckis continues to tell fascinating stories by combining strong characters with ground-breaking visual effects, which includes one of the most memorable plane crashes in cinematic history, while following the compelling emotional journey of Denzel Washington’s character of an emotionally damaged man dealing with addiction. For these achievements the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoured to present the 2013 Director of the Year Award to Robert Zemeckis."

An Academy Award winner, Zemeckis also has directed movies such as Used CarsCast Away, and Romancing the Stone, and has received recognition for his use of special effects to create magnificent visual sequences, such as those in Flight.

Watch the trailer for Flight below: