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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Fantastic film prize for Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
Gilliam created the animations for Monty Python's Flying Circus
Film director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Fantastic Film Festival in Amsterdam.

The auteur, whose films include Brazil, Time Bandits and The Brothers Grimm, will also give a public interview at the event, which runs from 18-25 April.

Festival organisers said they were paying tribute to Gilliam as he "never allows his fantasy to be limited".

Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth opens the festival.

The Fantastic Film Festival began life as the Weekend of Terror 23 years ago.

According to organisers, the event was originally seen by the media as a "meeting ground for nerds with a taste for stomach-churning, violent horror".

However, its reputation has grown over the years, and it is now seen as a cult event showcasing fantasy, horror and science fiction movies from Europe and abroad.

Previous recipients of the lifetime achievement prize include Scream creator Wes Craven and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven.

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