Australian filmmaker and former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion has been named president of the 2014
Campion will lead a group that has the task of handing out the Palme and other top prizes to the approximately 20 competition films.
Campion has a deep history with Cannes. She is the only female director to have won the Palme, taking the honor for "The Piano" in 1993. She appeared at the festival with her period drama "Bright Star" in 2009 and godfathered the Australian coming-of-age drama
Festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement that Campion "is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. "
Her most recent work was "Top of the Lake," a mystery-drama TV miniseries that played the
Campion takes over a role that had been held by American filmmakers in three of the last four years, with
The festival, considered the most prestigious in the world, is ground zero for the world's most influential cinema. The Palme winners in 2011 and 2012,
The Cannes International Film Festival is scheduled to be held May 14-24.