The DGA has tapped Robert De Niro to receive an award at the Fifth Directors Guild of America Honors on Sept. 29 in Gotham.

The DGA said it had selected De Niro for excellence in his craft, outstanding contributions to American film culture and his positive impact on the New York film community.

“De Niro has always had an amazing ability to create unforgettable characters that sear themselves into the psyche of film audiences,” DGA president Michael Apted said. “But what makes him truly unique and worthy of this DGA honor is that he has demonstrated the same unbridled intensity in developing and revitalizing the New York film community — as evidenced in the recent success of the third annual Tribeca Film Festival.”

The guild noted that De Niro co-founded the Tribeca fest to celebrate New York as a major filmmaking capital and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.

Other honorees will be announced after Memorial Day. Past honorees include Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Bob Shaye, Jeff Bewkes, Jane Alexander, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Rep. Richard Gephardt, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and IATSE president Tom Short.