The festival is taking place in QUAD, of which he is a patron. He was speaking as part of a number of industry talks taking place at the event.
The BAFTA winning actor John Hurt has appeared at the Derby Film Festival.
The festival is taking place in QUAD, of which he is a patron and was speaking as part of a number of industry talks taking place at the event.
The festival will run until 18th May.
British actor John Hurt, who starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film Owning Mahowny, has said hearing about his death was "one of the most harrowing pieces of news" he had heard.
British actor John Hurt, who starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film Owning Mahowny, has said the news of the actor's death had hit him "very hard".
He told the BBC: "He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He'll be greatly missed".
Actor John Hurt from Shirebrook in Derbyshire, worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film "Owning Mahowny". He says the news of his death was devastating.
Speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in central London, John Hurt said:
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead after suffering an "apparent drug overdose", the New York Police Department said.
BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor John Hurt CBE will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at the University of Lincoln today.
He will also appear as part of the university's Great Minds Series, talking about his life and growing up in Lincolnshire.
The actor will join students, staff and guests at Lincoln Cathedral for the graduation ceremony today in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, film and theatre.
He has a career spanning six decades, appearing in over 100 films including Harry Potter and The Elephant Man.