Director Paul Verhoeven will receive a Life Achievement Award during the Festival of Fantasy Films in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam-born Verhoeven, who made Dutch films including Turkish Delight and The Fourth Man before such Hollywood blockbusters as Total Recall and Starship Troopers, is to collect the prize during event's final weekend. Other claims to fame include being the first filmmaker to collect a Raspberry award in person - for Showgirls - and purportedly stripping naked to help the cast relax while shooting a shower scene on Starship Troopers.

The festival, which runs from April 11 to 17, has previously given the award to filmmakers such as Wes Craven and Dario Argento.

Films screening at the event's 18th edition include Blade 2, Dog Soldiers and Queen Of The Damned. A spotlight will focus on Fantastic Cinema from Japan and South-Korea, while retrospective is dedicated to producer and director Brian Yuzna, who currently works for Fantasy Factory in Spain.