Gus Van Sant will accept the award on behalf of the late cinematographer.

Cinematography festival Plus Camerimage is to pay tribute to the late Harris Savides, who died of cancer last month.

Director Gus Van Sant, with whom Savides worked on films including Milk and Elephant, will be present at the festival in Poland to accept the Director Duo Award on behalf of his late friend and himself.

As part of the tribute, the festival will screen Last Days and Elephant, of which the latter will be preceded by a retrospective by Savides’ friends and collaborators.

“The paths of eminent directors and cinematographers often never cross – they choose their own artistic roads and gain individual success. However, luck would have it that a talented director would meet a matching, equally talented, cinematographer, who would later collaborate on several films,” said festival directorMarek Żydowicz.

“Something special emerges from this visually imaginative and creative relationship. As a result, fans get to experience unique works of art, those that otherwise would never have been created if different filmmakers had collaborated on them.”

Van Sant and Savides first met in the 1990s on the set of a commercial. They went on to work together on Finding Forrester; Gerry; Elephant; Last Days; Milk and Restless.

Plus Camerimage, now in its 20th year, will run from 24 November to 1 December in Bydgoszcz, Poland.