Stockholm, Sweden Terry Gilliam will receive the Stockholm Visionary Award at the Stockholm film festival in November.
Organizers cited Gilliam's "unique inventiveness which has captured the hearts and minds of film enthusiasts everywhere."
Gilliam was a member of the Monty Python comedy group before becoming a director. He has directed "Brazil," "Twelve Monkeys," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Brothers Grimm."
"Through his daring and unquenchable creative power, he has defeated the mighty windmills of the film industry," the award citation said.
Director David Cronenberg had previously been named winner of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award.
Both awards will be presented during the Nov. 17-27 festival in the Swedish capital.