Steven Spielberg honoured to chair Cannes Film Festival jury
Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg will chair the jury that hands out the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival - more than three decades after making his debut at the festival with ET.
Spielberg, whose hits include Jaws and Raiders Of The Lost Ark, said the annual film industry gathering in the south of France was "the most prestigious of its kind".
He said: "The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of ET, is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career.
"For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honour and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world."
This year's festival runs from May 15 to 26.
The jury, which decides which film wins the coveted Palme d'Or, last year included actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.