Steven Spielberg named Jury President for 66th Cannes Film Festival

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Steven Spielberg has officially been announced as the Jury President for the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

According to Cinema Blend, the iconic filmmaker's title was announced Thursday on the Festival’s official website.

Spielberg will follow Nanni Moretti, who headed the jury last year.

Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival, informed, “Steven Spielberg accepted in principle two years ago.He was able to make himself available this year to be the new Jury President and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job. Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”

Among some of Spielberg’s most noted films include E.T, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Lincoln.

Adds Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, “As they say across the Atlantic, Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’: Sugarland Express, Color Purple. But it was with E.T. that I screened as a world premiere in ‘82 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told 'E.T., phone home,' I understood and immediately replied: 'At last!'"

The 66th annual festival is slated to take place May 15-26.

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