Steven Spielberg has been named jury president for the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. In recent years, the likes of Nanni Moretti, Robert De Niro, and Tim Burton have led the jury. As arguably the most important American filmmaker working today, Spielberg is an ideal candidate. The director remarked:
“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.” [The Wrap]
Spielberg won Best Screenplay for The Sugarland Express in 1976 and premiered E.T. at Cannes in 1982. Jane Campion will head the Short Film Jury and the Cinefondation at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26.