Stephen Frears is "grateful" for being the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Academy.
The Bafta-winning director of films like Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen and Tamara Drew is being honoured for his "outstanding and dedicated body of work".
"They're always nice - if you get them. But I'm very grateful, it's very nice to be complimented by Europe," he said.
"What matters is to keep European film going! And I'm totally committed to that. Nothing else matters. If the films are good, then people will go and see them."
Stephen - who was awarded the French honour of a Commander of the Order of Arts and of Letters for his "significant contribution" to the arts in 2009 - will be a guest of honour at the 24th European Film Awards ceremony on December 3 in Berlin.
He has been busy working on his next film Lay The Favourite, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis, which is scheduled for 2012 release.