The prize goes to a person or people who have “promoted exchange between the Italian and international film industry.” Previous recipients include George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Terry Gilliam, Vittorio Storaro, Milena Canonero, John Turturro and Douglas Kirkland.

The 2012 edition of the Cinema Italian Style festival will run from Nov 13-18 showcasing classic Italian films and contemporary productions.

Paolo and Vittorio Tavianis’ Italian foreign language Oscar submission Caesar Must Die will open the event.

“Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are undisputed icons of international cinema who, over five decades, have created a body of work that exemplifies their extraordinary craftsmanship and determination as writers and directors,” said Luce Cinecittà CEO Roberto Cicutto.

“With Caesar Must Die, the Tavianis have triumphantly reasserted their eminence among modern Italian directors, and it is our distinct pleasure to honour and celebrate their immense talents.”