January 7th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
Jane Campion has come a long way since her first time at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.
In the years since, the New Zealand-bred writer, director and producer has rolled out an array of acclaimed projects across film and TV, including "The Piano," "Bright Star" and the Sundance Channel miniseries "Top of the Lake."
In May, Campion will assume another lauded position: the head of Cannes' 2014 jury.
She'll be taking over the role from another Hollywood legend, Steven Spielberg, who handed out 2013's top prize to French film "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
“It is this worldwide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable," Campion said in a statement. “It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!"
After making her debut in the '80s - and winning the Short Film Palme d'Or in the process - Campion returned to Cannes in 1993 with "The Piano," which won the coveted Palme d'Or for feature-length film. Campion stands alone as the only female director to win the honor.
As Cannes director Thierry Frémaux notes in the announcement, Campion also joins a small group of women who've served as head of the Cannes Film Festival's jury.
“Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, (Campion) is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female Presidents," Frémaux said. "Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she 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. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her Jury.”
This year, the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to May 25.
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