Filmmaker George Lucas will be honored by the San Francisco International Film Festival at its 50th anniversary event next year (April 26 - May 10, 2007). Lucas will be honored with the one-time-only Irving "Bud" Levin Award, named for the founder of the festival. The award will be presented at the Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, May 3 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The black-tie fundraiser will benefit the San Francisco Film Society's Education Program. In a statement, Film Society executive director Graham Leggat said:
"Independent and visionary, George Lucas has created characters, films and technologies that have gripped audiences and changed the face of filmmaking, distribution, and licensing. No one is more deserving of the Levin Award for his entrepreneurial acumen, love for the art of film and passion for community than George Lucas and we are honored that he has accepted this award."