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PARIS — The Cannes Festival has named Belgian multihyphenate Jean-Pierre Dardenne as president of its Cinefondation Selection and topper of the short films jury.

One of Cannes’ most familiar figures, Dardenne and brother Luc Dardenne co-helmer Palme d’Or winners “Rosetta” (1999) and “The Child” (2005).

The Dardenne brothers also directed last year’s “The Kid With a Bike,” which took Cannes’ Grand Prix, plus “Lorna’s Silence,” which nabbed screenplay in 2008.

Joining him on the Cinefondation and short films jury are Brazilian writer-director Karim Ainouz, whose “The Silver Cliff” played Directors’ Fortnight last year, and Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinee Khanjian, best-known for her perfs in Atom Egoyan’s films.

French multihyphenate Emmanuel Carrere (“The Moustache,” “I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive”) and Nelson Yu Lik-wai, Hong Kong multihyphenate and d.p. of Cannes Competition player “24 City” and director of “Plastic City,” complete the jury.

The Cinefondation jury will present awards to the winning directors from film schools around the world on May 25 followed by a screening of the films.

The jury will also award the Palme d’Or for best short in Competition along with three cash prizes, worth €15,000 ($20,000), $15,000 and $10,000, during the fest’s closing ceremonies on May 27.

Cinefondation Selection competitors that have risen to prominence at Cannes include Hungarian Kornel Mundruczo, a Cannes Palme d’Or contender with “Delta” and “Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project,” and Austria’s Jessica Hausner, whose “Lovely Rita” and “Hotel” both screened in Un Certain Regard.

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