The Working Girl star was guest of honour at the event, where festival organisers premiered her new psychological thriller The Grief Tourist and screened a retrospective of her films, including Something Wild and Two Much.
Griffith later took to her Twitter.com page to share her delight with the tribute.
She tweeted, “Munich has been wonderful! I received the CineMerit Award last night. The people have been so welcoming and kind. Grief Tourist a big hit!”
Actor John Malkovich was the recipient of the prestigious lifetime achievement prize last year (11).