Armenian Film Director Awarded Dutch Prize

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian film director Harutyun Khachatrian has been selected by a jury to receive on Friday the Dutch Prince Claus award for 2007. Kachaturian is one of the founders of the Golden Apricot film festival.
The certificate and a monetary prize of 25,000 euros will be given to him by the Dutch ambassador to Georgia and Armenia.
The Armenian foreign ministry said Harutyun Khachatrian was chosen to receive the award for his contribution to promoting dialogue between conflicting nations.
The film director is the second Armenian to be awarded the prize. Earlier it was given to an Armenian comedian actor Mikael Poghosian.
The Prince Claus Fund was inaugurated in 1996, named in honor of Prince Claus of The Netherlands. It receives an annual subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Fund has presented the international Prince Claus Awards annually since 1997 to honor individuals and organizations reflecting a progressive and contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development. Recipients are mainly located in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Honorees are determined by a jury of honorary chairmen who are experts from fields relevant to the award’s mission of culture and development.
The most important consideration for the jury when awarding a candidate is the positive effect of a laureate’s work on a wider cultural or social field.
The Principal Award of 100,000 euros is presented during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in December every year. Additional awards of 25,000 euros are presented in the Dutch embassies in the countries where the recipients live on December and January.

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