Tim Burton is to head the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
The Edward Scissorhands and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory director said heading up the nine-member jury in May was a "great honour".
Organisers of the French Riviera festival made the announcement on Tuesday in a statement quoting Burton's reaction.
Burton said: "After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I'm finally ready for this."
The 63rd Cannes festival will be held May 12 to 23.
The rest of the jury will be announced at a later date.