The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced in a company release that it will present the inaugural Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to actor, producer and director Kirk Douglas at this summer's fest. A special evening honoring Douglas will take place Sunday, July 30 and will feature a look back at his career. "I feel so priveleged that we are able to celebrate a man whose work not only spans so many years but also is varied in the characters he has chosen to play," Santa Barbara International Film Fest Director, Roger Durling, said in a release. The presentation of the award will launch an annual summertime tradition for the festival. [Tamara Schweitzer]