Jane Campion is set to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, the role Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman have all had in the recent past.
Campion won the short film Palme d’or for “Peel” in 1986 and competed in competition for the first time with “Sweetie.” “The Piano” won the Palme d’or in ’93, as well as the best actress award for Holly Hunter.
“Jane is a child of Cannes. I know this as it was I who selected her first three short films for the Festival, because I liked her style and consistency,” Gilles Jacob, president of the Festival de Cannes and the Cinéfondation, declared. “Naively perverse young girls, teens closed in around their solitude, and women mulling over desires and regrets: Jane’s is a passionate universe that she firmly holds in check as she draws these intricate group portraits. I am delighted that the love story between Lady Jane and the Festival continues today as she takes on the role of president.”
The Cinéfondation and Short Film jury is comprised of “five eminent figures from the worlds of film and literature and they choose their three prize winners from among the Cinéfondation’s selection of film school entrants.” The jury also chooses the winner of the short film Palme d’or, which is presented during the closing ceremony of the Festival, on Sunday May 26, 2013.