IFP announced that Richard Linklater is to collect the Director Tribute at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec 2 in New York.

Linklater’s work includes 2013 release Before Midnight, as well as Dazed And Confused, Waking Life, Slacker and Bernie.

“It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we give honour to a man who has played a significant role in expanding the language of film throughout the last 25 years,” said IFP executive director Joana Vicente.

“Richard Linklater’s unique vision and voice — in addition to the special characters he has created — place him among the most prolific and poignant directors working today, and we are honoured to celebrate his work.”