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Judd Apatow to Be Honored by San Diego Film Festival

Judd Apatow
Austin Hargrave
Judd Apatow

The "This Is 40" director will receive the Visionary Filmmaker award during an Oct. 3 gala.

Director Judd Apatow will be honored with the Visionary Filmmaker award during the San Diego Film Festival in October, the SD Film Foundation said Thursday. 

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"Judd Apatow is indisputably one of the most supremely talented and beloved contemporary filmmakers working today," said festival directors Tonya Mantooth and Dale Strack in a statement. "His body of work transcends a typical moviegoing experience and enters the zeitgeist in a way rarely seen. On behalf of San Diego, we are beyond thrilled to honor him with a much-deserved award."

Apatow has directed, among other comedies, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People. His latest directorial effort, This Is 40, was released in December and was billed as a "sort-of sequel" to Knocked Up. Apatow also served as a producer on Bridesmaids and Pineapple Express

The gala will be held Oct. 3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Last year's Visionary Filmmaker honoree was Promised Land director Gus Van Sant

The San Diego Film Festival is set to run Oct. 2-6.