Cannes' Christian Jeune to Head Adelaide Film Festival Jury

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Cannes director of film department Christian Jeune

The director of the film department at Cannes will be part of a four-person jury that chooses the best international film at the biennial Aussie fest.

Christian Jeune, the director of the film department at the Cannes Film Festival, has been named jury president for this year’s Adelaide Film Festival competition, organizers said on Monday.

Jeune will head a jury of four to determine two cash awards totaling $27,300 (AUD$35,000): the Best International Feature Award, which carries a $25,000 prize, and the Flinders University Best Documentary prize.

Jeune said of his trip Down Under, which will be made with assistance from national agency Screen Australia: “I am delighted to be part of the Adelaide Film Festival, a very unique festival which has invested in some of the strongest films coming from Australia, including Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton, Snowtown by Justin Kurzel and Charlie's Country by Rolf de Heer and thus echoes all over the world of cinema."

Jeune will be joined on the jury by filmmakers including director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), Palestinian-born Annemarie Jacir, director of Philistine Films, and Variety’s chief Asia film critic, Maggie Lee.

The biennial Adelaide Film Festival runs from Oct. 15-25.