The filmmaker will collect the honour at the 49th Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards on Feb 16 in Los Angeles.

“Jonathan’s career spans 40 years as a director, producer and writer, and includes both film and television and illustrates an incredible talent for both narrative films and documentaries,” said CAS president David E Fluhr.

“Following in a tradition of synergy between our two honourees, Demme as the Filmmaker Honoree and Chris Newman, CAS as the Career Achievement Honoree have had a long working relationship and on Demme’s multiple Oscar winner, The Silence Of The Lambs, both were rewarded with golden statues. He is indeed a perfect choice and we are honoured to have him as our CAS Filmmaker Honoree.”