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Jane Campion to Head Cannes Short Film Jury and Cinefondation

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2013 at 1:14PM

Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.
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Jane Campion
Jane Campion

Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.

Cannes and Cinefondation president Gilles Jacob stated of the New Zealand-born auteur: "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. 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."

The Cinefondation and Short Film jury is comprised of five eminent figures from film and literature, and they choose the winner of the Short Film Palme d'Or. They also select their three prize winners from among the Cinefondation's selection of film school entrants.

Campion's new mini-series "Top of the Lake," starring Elisabeth Moss as a young detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teen, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Our review and interview with Campion is here.

This article is related to: Jane Campion, Jane Campion, Festivals, Cannes Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.