The director is schedule to deliver the State Of Cinema Address on Apr 27 at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Soderbergh’s appearance comes after her recently revisited a common theme and declared he would shortly retire from film-making.

The State Of Cinema event will headline the festival’s Live & Onstage programme of one-time-only events featuring elements of live music, multimedia and audience participation.

“Steven Soderbergh has been a one-man force for change in the film business, never neglecting the art, entertainment or process, pushing the industry forever forward,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Ted Hope.

“His keen awareness of the current moment in the development of this art form makes him particularly well suited to deliver the Festival’s State of Cinema Address, especially considering his apparent intention to retire from filmmaking. Who better to point the way forward than this artist whose career has embodied the spirit of independence from the very beginning?”

The festival is set to run from Apr 25-May 9. For the full list of Live & Onstage events visit the website.