The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015.

The VES Visionary Award recognises “an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”

The Society’s top brass described Abrams, currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, as “a fiercely inventive storyteller” with an ability to “transport and transfix audiences.”

Among previous winners of the VES Visionary Award are Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuarón.