Michel Gondry to head up short film jury at Cannes

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Michel Gondry

Fresh off the announcement of his next project (a Philip K. Dick sci-fi adaptation), acclaimed filmmaker Michel Gondry has been chosen to head the jury of the short film and student film competitions at this year's Cannes film festival

Gondry, who recently enjoyed his greatest box-office success with The Green Hornet, has been praised by critics for his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and countless music videos. He will be joined by another familiar face on the panel this spring — fellow Hollywood stalwart Robert De Niro has been chosen to head the main jury at this year's Cannes.

With a body of work that features the likes of Radiohead, Daft Punk, and The White Stripes, Gondry would seem a natural candidate to preside over the short film competition; and if his numerous YouTube projects are any indication, he knows a thing or two about haphazardly-made, shoddy-looking student films as well. In all fairness, they probably would have made me the head of the jury if I could solve a Rubiks Cube like he could.