The 18th Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Sydney Pollack with its 'Patron of the Arts Award,' Kate Winslet with the 'Desert Palm Achievement Award' and Todd Field with the 'Sonny Bono Visionary Award' at the festival's annual awards gala. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at an event in New York, hosted by Gotham Magazine. The awards gala, which will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will also honor Adam Beach and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight"'s Mary Hart. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will host the award to Pollack, which is given to a person who has "contributed significantly to the support of persons or projects that encourage and recognize the commitment to excellence in the film industry." "We are grateful that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been selected by the SAG Foundation to present their inaugural Patron of the Arts Award," commented Greenburg in a release. "Not only do we get to honor a distinguished actor and Academy Award winning director, but a man who continues to contribute to humanitarian causes without seeking recognition." [Brian Brooks]