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Bruno Chatelin handed out the Award for Best Film from the festival circuit to Michel Hazanavicius
The International Film Festival Summit Europe
IFFS and filmfestivals.com - fest21.com, close observers of the festival circuit, have honored Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award” which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)...
The award was handed by Bruno Chatelin (filmfestivals.com) with Laurie Kirby (IFFS)
Michel Hazanavicius declared that "I am very honored with this award, I made two films called The Artist, one before, the one after the Oscars looks to me as a different one. "
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Bruno Chatelin, filmfestivals.com and fest21.com co founder, stated: “Identifying the most wanted film on the festival scene is our daily mission, awarding them is a tradition for our company, and we wanted to take the opportunity of the Festival Summit to jointly honor Michel Hazanavicius and his producers.
The Prize was given to Michel Hazanavicius in presence of his producer Emmanuel Montamat (La Petite reine) on April 3rd during the IFFS summit (which ran April 3-4, 2012 at Hotel du Louvre in central Paris.)
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