The Owens Award, named after the longtime arts patron, philanthropist and Film Society board member, honours an actor whose work exemplifies 'brilliance, independence and integrity.'
Recipients of the Founder's Directing Award and the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting will be announced shortly.
Redford will also be feted in an onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre on April 29 featuring career clips, audience Q&A and an onstage interview with San Francisco Chronicle's editor-at-large Phil Bronstein, followed by the world premiere screening of the restored version of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
Redford's credits include The Sting, for which he earned a best actor Oscar nomination, as well as The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days Of The Condor, Jeremiah Johnson, The Natural, Out of Africa, Indecent Proposal and Up Close And Personal.
Among previous recipients of the Film Society's Peter J Owens Award are Sean Penn, Mario Bello, Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Winona Ryder and Harvey Keitel.
The festival is set to run from April 23-May 7. For further information visit www.sffs.org.