George Miller Named Jury President of 69th Cannes Film Festival

George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday.

It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box office.

In a statement, George Miller said, “What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I’ll be there with bells on.”

The Warner Bros. release is presently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best director and best picture for Miller. He previously won an Oscar for best animated feature for “Happy Feet” (2006), and received nominations for producing and writing “Babe” (1995) and for writing “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1992).

Miller is the latest high-profile English-language director to preside over the jury, following Joel and Ethan Coen last year, Jane Campion in 2014, and Steven Spielberg in 2013. He has served on two previous Cannes competition juries: in 1988 under president Ettore Scola, when the Palme d’Or went to Bille August’s “Pelle the Conqueror,” and in 1999 under president David Cronenberg, when the top prize went to the Dardenne brothers’ “Rosetta.”

The information was first reported by Le Parisien newspaper in France.

More Film

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • Hannah Marks Liana Liberato

    Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato to Star in High School Comedy 'Banana Split'

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • NOR_D01_053017_9621_R2 – L-R: Tom Hanks (Ben

    Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' to Open Palm Springs Film Festival

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

  • Willa Fitzgerald

    'The Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald (EXCLUSIVE)

    George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, the fest announced on Monday. It will be the Australian filmmaker’s second year in a row on the Croisette. Last year, his post-apocalyptic blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” unspooled in an out-of-competition Cannes berth, garnering major critical acclaim en route to more than $375 million in worldwide box […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content