American filmmaker Tim Burton is to be honoured by the Venice International Film Festival in August.

He will be presented with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for his courage, vision and innovation in film making. Last year's Golden Lion went to David Lynch.

Venice Film Festival director, Marco Müller, said: "Tim Burton is a cinematic genius, the most imaginative child of the new age of cinema. He has a unique talent of being able to imbue his fantasies with emotional depth... there is not a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of cinema than him."

Burton has made 12 full-length feature films in 23 years, including 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Ed Wood', 'Batman,' 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow'.

He is currently working on a cinema adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning stage musical 'Sweeney Todd', about a serial killer barber seeking revenge against a judge who wrongfully imprisoned him. It is due for release later this year.

Tim Burton Day will take place on 5 September and will include a special 'surprise offering,' according to festival organisers. 

The 64th Venice Film Festival will take place from August 29 to September 8.