The Artist Director Michel Hazanavicius Selected as Festival Film of the Year

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The International Film Festival Summit and filmfestivals.com – fest21.com announced today that they will honor Michel Hazanavicius the director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award.” The award will recognize the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS, etc.)

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We are so honored that director Michel Hazanavicius and his team will accept the award from IFFS-Filmfestivals.com as The Artist truly embodies the power and importance of independent film and the role of the film festival in conveying that message.

The International Film Festival Summit and filmfestivals.com – fest21.com announced today that they will honor Michel Hazanavicius the director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award.” The award will recognize the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS, etc.)

The prize will be given to Michel Hazanavicius in the presence of his producers on April 3rd during the IFFS Europe, which will be taking place April 3-4 at the Hotel du Louvre in Central Paris.

“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,” said Bruno Chatelin, Co-Founder, Filmfestivals.com & Fest21.com. “Previous years we had asked our audience to designate the best festival film in the circuit. This year we thought a poll was not necessary. The Artist gathered over 100 prizes, our prizes honors them all.”

Sponsors and Partners for the 2012 International Film Festival Summit Europe include: Festival Genius, Eventbrite, Cineuropa, Celebrity Access, Filmfestivals.com, Fest21.com, and many more.

“We are so honored that director Michel Hazanavicius and his team will accept the award from IFFS-Filmfestivals.com as The Artist truly embodies the power and importance of independent film and the role of the film festival in conveying that message,“ said Laurie Kirby, Executive Director, IFFS.

About the International Film Festival Summit:

The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is the largest international organization representing the film festival industry. The IFFS mission is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards for the industry. The IFFS was founded in 2002 and provides the only annual conference & symposium for film festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festivals and independent film. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com

For those interested in learning more about the International Film Festival Summit please contact Laurie Kirby at laurie(dot)kirby(at)michaelbass(dot)com or +1-626-470-6043.

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