The helmer-producer-scribe, whose credits include “Batman Forever,” “St Elmo’s Fire” and “Falling Down,” heads one of eight juries at the event, one of the world’s leading showcases of cinematography.
Other jury prexies are helmers Alan Parker, who leads the student jury, Roger Spottiswoode, who heads the directors’ debuts jury, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who is in charge of music vids, Pawel Lozinski, overseeing the feature docus, and Steven Okazaki (“Days of Waiting”), who judges the short docs.
Further jury toppers are film editor Alan Heim (“All That Jazz”), who presides over the Polish film section, and d.p. Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”), leading the cinematographers’ debuts.
The festival opens with a gala presentation of Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” and docu “Side by Side,” produced by Keanu Reeves, who will be in attendance.
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Director David Lynch is to receive a lifetime achievement award, and Heim and Ozakazi will be honored with the Award to Editor With Unique Sensitivity, and Award for Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking, respectively.