PRAGUE, July 4 (Xinhua) -- At the opening ceremony of the 49th Czech Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday night, Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson was awarded with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
Mel Gibson was born in the U.S. and moved to Australia when he was 12, he has won two Oscar Academy Awards for Braveheart (1995), directed and produced by and starring him, a Golden Globe and about 30 other film awards.
Although Gibson complained that the 15,000 kilometers' flight to Karlovy Vary was exhausting, and he had a toothache when driving to the airport and had to be medically treated at three in the morning, he said he would never miss the festival, "I'm honored by the fact that I can be among so many great people."
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and Culture Minister Daniel Herman were among the attending guests. This year's festival jury were headed by Spanish film-maker Luis Minarro. 128,000 tickets were sold in last year's film festival.