Bernardo Bertolucci wins Peace Summit Award

The annual award is bestowed on a person from the world of the arts.

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci (C) receives the Peace Summit Award from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (L) and Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman (R) at the end of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on 14 December, 2014 at Rome's City Hall. Picture: AFP.

ROME, Italy - Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci has been awarded the Peace Summit Award 2014.

The annual award is bestowed on a person from the world of the arts.

Today's session opened with a minute's silence to remember Ebola victims in West Africa.

Bertolucci was given the award at the closing ceremony of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome.

The Dalai Lama presented the award at the historical Campidoglio this afternoon.

With a massive white scarf draped around his neck, the elderly Bertolucci accepted the award while seated in a wheelchair.

While Bertolucci says he is humbled by the accolade, he heaped praise on the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan.

The filmmaker says she represents a young generation that he envisages for the world.

The Dalai Lama has appealed to everyone to work harder to breach the disparities between the rich and poor in Africa. He's urging people to be more compassionate and create what he calls a happy world.

The Dalai Lama believes everyone, no matter what profession a person is in, can make a difference to society.