Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis can add one more accolade to his long list of honors and nominations. On January 5, 2013 at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Zemeckis will be presented with the Director of the Year Award for his work on Flight, starring Denzel Washington.

“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,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “In his latest work, Flight, Zemeckis continues to tell fascinating stories by combining strong characters with groundbreaking 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 honored to present the 2013 Director of the Year Award to Robert Zemeckis.”

Zemeckis will join previous Director of the Year honorees, like Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman and David O. Russell.