The world acclaimed Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami has been selected as the head of Cinéfondation and Short Films jury of the Cannes Film Festival.
Kiarostami is to preside over the jury panel comprised of world renowned filmmakers including Daniela Thomas from Brazil, Noémie Lvovsky from France, Joachim Trier from Norway and Mahamat Saleh Haroun from Chad.
A number of film students from across the world are to contend for awards at the festival.
The year’s festival will announce names of three winners on May 22, while the winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or is to be selected by the jury on May 24.
Born in 1940, Kiarostami has received very positive reviews and acclaim from international critics for his diverse works of art such as painting, photography, Poetry and filmmaking.
He has also garnered many prestigious awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.
The veteran filmmaker was also hailed by Japanese government for its valuable works and activities in promoting Japanese culture in the world and developing cultural relations between two countries of Iran and Japan.
“One of the most admired contemporary auteurs of cinema, Abbas Kiarostami is an inspiration for emerging as well as established filmmakers. His approach to filmmaking, which often defies conventional techniques, is much discussed and often emulated," the head of Film Programming at Doha Film Institute Ludmila Cvikova had earlier commented.
Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, And Life goes On, Through the Olive Trees, Like Someone in Love and Where is the Friend’s Home are some of his better known films.
The 67th Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 25, 2014.