Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated 25 years of Richard Pena's significant contribution to the New York Film Festival and film culture at large with a special gala tribute on Wednesday. Watch clips from the evening's presentation created by filmmaker Jamie Stuart and check out photos of the emotional farewell event:

The crowd at Alice Tully Hall. Photo: Godlis

Richard Peña and former Executive Director Claudia Bonn. Photo: Godlis

Chairman of the Board Ann Tenenbaum, Peña, and Executive Director Rose Kuo. Photo: Godlis

Fill the Void director Rama Burshtein and Peña. Photo: Godlis

Peña with wife Karen Soren and children Ari, Lita and Maya. Photo: Godlis

Peña and board member Irwin Young. Photo: Godlis

Former NYFF selection committee member Phillip Lopate and guest. Photo: Godlis

Peña and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Marcy Bloom. Photo: Godlis

Columbia Film School chair Ira Deutchman and guest. Photo: Godlis

Former Executive Director Joanne Koch and former NYFF selection committee member Wendy Keys. Photo: Godlis

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach and incoming Program Director Robert Koehler. Photo: Godlis

Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, Peña and Soren.</p>

Inside Alice Tully Hall. Photo: Primavera

Gala tribute dinner. Photo: Primavera

George Munroe and Elinor Bunin Munroe. Photo: Godlis

Eddie Muentes and Denis Bernardo. Photo: Godlis

Gala tribute dinner. Photo: Godlis

Barker with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Joseph Cedar, Charles Ferguson, Burshtein and Dror Moreh. Photo: Godlis

Film Comment editor Gavin Smith. Photo: Olga Bas

Koch on stage. Photo: Phillip May

Peña receives an extended standing ovation from the crowd. Photo: Phillip May

Peña and Moore discuss cinema, the influence of NYFF and Peña's career. Photo: Phillip May