For the fourth consecutive year the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has awarded a $50,000 grant to underwrite the Colorado event’s guest director programme.

This year the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, who performed in Talk To Her, is the guest director.

Past guest directors include author Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne and political philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

“The Guest Director Program brings added depth and a rare variety of films to the Festival that we consider an integral part of our program’s success,” Telluride Film Festival co-director Julie Huntsinger said. Telluride kicks off on Friday (Sept 2).