Thiruvananthapuram: Instituted by the Satyajit Ray Film Society Kerala, a state-based organisation, the award comprises Rs 10,000 cash prize, a memento and plaque.
He was selected by a panel comprising Malayalam filmmaker Balu Kiriyath, music director Perumbavoor G Raveendranath and others.
Eminent filmmaker and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, actress Madhabi Mukherjee and producer Mohan G were the earlier recipients of the honour.
Gopal has directed 30 films Telugu films and two Hindi moves in his decades-long tinsel town career, the organisers said in a statement.
The award would be presented to him in a function to be held in Hyderabad on October 13, they said.