Tim Burton chosen to head Cannes film festival jury

Tuesday January 26, 2010

Famed director Tim Burton has been given the honour of heading up the nine jury members at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The American filmmaker – known for his quirky and often dark movies – will lead the panel to decide the winner of the highly prestigious Palme d'Or award for best film at the event, held from May 12 until 23.

His eight fellow jury members will be announced in April along with the shortlist of films chosen to compete for this year's big prize.

Tim – the long-term partner of Helena Bonham Carter – has described his upcoming role as a "great honour" and "a dream come true".

"After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour movie marathons, I'm finally ready for this," he said.

The 51-year-old's responsibilities in Cannes will come two months after the release of his highly-anticipated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Helena.

Click here to see the Alice In Wonderland trailer.

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