Oscar-winning The Big Short and Anchorman director Adam McKay is to be honoured with the prestigious Volta Award by the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (Virgin Media DIFF) next month.

McKay, who is receiving the award for his contribution to film, joins an honour roll that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Angela Lansbury, Al Pacino and Kristin Scott Thomas. The Volta Award is named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, established by author James Joyce in 1909.

To mark the occasion, Virgin Media DIFF is holding a special, out-of-festival screening of McKay's new Netflix comedy Don't Look Up at Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema on Thursday, 16 December. The Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence-starring film opens in selected cinemas on Friday, 10 December, and will be available on Netflix from Christmas Eve.

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"We are thrilled to honour Adam McKay and his impressive body of work. Adam is such a unique and fearless filmmaker, making difficult yet vitally important stories highly entertaining," said festival director Gráinne Humphreys.

"As the 2022 festival will present a season of new comedies from around the world, we are delighted to salute and celebrate the creator of Anchorman, The Big Short and his latest brilliant comedy, Don't Look Up."

The 2022 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will run from 23 February to 6 March.

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