January 23, 2012 — UK regional film critics today announce their Film Of The Year. The prestigious accolade goes to The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius. This year’s vote was launched at the UK Cinema Showcase event on December 1, 2011, the year’s largest gathering of regional film media in the UK, and continued online through January 20, 2012. The voting constituency was staff and freelance arts and entertainment writers, critics and editors in all branches of UK regional media. Last year’s winner of the regional critics’ Film Of The Year title went to The Social Network.