Russell lands Indie Impact award

Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell is being honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The US filmmaker is set to receive Variety's Indie Impact Award on Sunday in recognition of his contribution to the art and business of cinema.

"Since he emerged as a wildly funny and extremely independent voice in American film nearly 20 years ago, writer-director David O Russell has continued to delight and surprise fans of his unique cinematic vision," said Steve Gaydos, executive editor at Variety.

"Along the way his comic touch has been reaffirmed in films like Flirting With Disaster and his current Oscar contender, Silver Linings Playbook, but as is clear in Playbook, there is always a deep truth beneath the laughs."

Silver Linings Playbook will also be celebrated at the festival's awards gala, where leading man Bradley Cooper will be presented with a Desert Palm Achievement Award.

Previous recipients of the Indie Impact Award include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.