Jean-Pierre Dardenne to Chair Cannes Short Films Jury

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgian director of “The Kid With a Bike,” will preside over five-person panel to honor shorts and student films

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who has directed such films as "The Kid With a Bike" and "Lorna's Silence" with his brother Luc, will serve as chair of the Cannes Film Festival's jury for shorts and student films, Cannes organizers announced on Wednesday.

Jean-Pierre DardenneThe Belgian director (left) will preside over a five person jury that also includes Canadian actress Arsinee Khanjian, Brazilian writer-director Karim Ainouz, French writer-director Emmanuel Carrere and Chinese director-cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai.

The jury will chose the Palme d'Or for Short Films, and also select three student films to win cash prizes in the Cinefondation competition.

The short film award will be presented at Cannes' closing ceremony on Sunday, May 27, while the Cinefondation prizes will be handed out two days earlier.

Past winners of the Palme d'Or for Short Films include Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Once Upon a Time in Anatolia") and Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"). Cinefondation winners include Carneliu Porumboiu ("Police, Adjective") and Vimukthi Yayasundara ("Mushroomes aka Chatrack").

The festival begins on  Wednesday, May 16.