Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is set to receive the Visionary Award at the Visual Effects Society Awards next year (15).

The Star Trek director, who is currently making the latest Star Wars movie, will be feted at the prizegiving ceremony on 4 February (15) for his efforts to "foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work."

Previous recipients have included Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuaron.