Bret Easton Ellis to Head Jury of Belgium's Gent Film Fest

Bret Easton Ellis

The "American Psycho" author and screenwriter of "The Canyons" will serve as president of the international jury.

PARIS – Belgium's Film Fest Gent has chosen American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis to be the president of its international jury this year.

"Bret Easton Ellis is not only one of the most important and influential contemporary American writers, he's also a real film buff who apparently devours movies daily and is open to all kinds of cinema — from European art house to Hollywood blockbusters," said artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher.

"He has a substantiated opinion on everything he sees and doesn't hesitate to take contrarian and provocative points of view. This is what makes him an ideal president of the festival jury."

Though the Less Than Zero author is best known for this novels that have been adapted into award-winning films, Easton Ellis has been concentrating on film in recent years. He wrote and co-produced Lindsay Lohan's The Canyons.

Easton Ellis follows such past Gent jurors as Oscar-nominated directors Mike Figgis, Michael Haneke and French actress Jeanne Moreau. The international jury awards prizes in the festival's film and soundtrack categories.

For the 41st edition, the festival is paying tribute to French film, with sections devoted to both contemporary and classic films. French film promotion organization UniFrance is working with the festival to create a program of director panels, and Catherine Deneuve graces this year's poster.

The festival runs Oct. 14 to Oct. 25.