Steven Spielberg is Jury President of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Steven Spielberg may not have taken home a Best Director Oscar for Lincoln, but he has just been named the Jury President for the 66th Cannes Film Festival, and that’s a pretty good consolation prize.

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The buzz was the title would be given to a prominent American filmmaker this year after Italian director Nanni Moretti held the honour in 2012.

This latest announcement  follows the news that Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) has been selected to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury.

Spielberg first attended Cannes back in 1974 with his film Sugarland Express, which won the Best Screenplay award, and followed with the premiere of E.T. in 1982. With his next project still up in the air, he’ll be heading to Cannes to help decide who takes home the coveted Palme D’Or.

He said of the appointment: “It is an honour and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”

The Cannes Film Festival runs from 15 – 26 May. 

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