u.s. filmmaker spike lee appointed to head cannes festival



by Helvine Achieng March 18, 2021

U.S. director Spike Lee has recently been named president of the jury for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival after last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Cannes festival - one of the movie industry’s biggest events - was first postponed from May to the end of June, then cancelled. In the end, organisers held a low-key three-day event in October showcasing a range of short films.

With Covid-19 still raging in France and other European countries, the festival has been scheduled for July 6-17 instead of in May. May has been the month of the Cannes festival.

“For 30 years, the indefatigable Spike Lee has raised the issues of his era...we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to question these tumultuous times,” Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure stated.

The other members of the jury and the films selected for the programme will be announced in early June. The 74th Palme d’Or prize will be presented on July 17.