The jury for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival's official competition is made up of actors, directors, screenwriters and a film score composer:
* President – Tim Burton – Directed such magical films as Alice in Wonderland (2010), Edward Scissor Hands (1990) and Beetlejuice (1988). His first big hit was Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985). He and actor Johnny Depp seem to enjoy mutual admiration. They've worked together on eight films starting with Edward Scissor Hands, and are sticking together, with Dark Shadows due for completion later in 2010. Burton was born under a filmy star for sure: in Burbank, California, where the Warner Bros Studios are located.
He is supported on the jury by :
* Kate Beckinsale – actress – British national Beckinsale emigrated over the Atlantic to pursue her acting career after appearances in film and TV in Britain, including Alice in Alice in Wonderland (1998) directed by John Henderson. But before that she landed the role of Hero in Kenneth Branagh's screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and also played in James Ivory's 2000 film, The Golden Bowl, as well as playing Ava Gardner in Martin Scorcese's Aviator. She's appeared in Underworld, and versions 2 and 4 (directed by husband, Len Wiseman).
* Giovanna Mezzogiorno– actress – Italian Mezzogiorno has come to attention recently as Benito Mussolini's mistress in Marco Bellocchio's Vincere (2009), and in Wim Wenders's Palermo Shooting - alongside Dennis Hopper - which featured in competition at Cannes in 2008. While much of her filmography is known principally in Italy, she did her drama studies in France.
*Alberto Barbera – director – National Film Museum Italy which is in Turin, a post he took up in 2004. He's a well-known film critic who at the end of the 1960s was among the founders of the Aiax art-house film association of Italy.
*Emmanuel Carrere – French writer-screenwriter-film director whose started as a film critic and novelist, and made his first documentary film Retour à Kotelnitch in 2003. In 2005, in his film La Moustache (adapted from his own novel of the same name), he cast Mathieu Almaric who has a film in competition this year at Cannes, La Tournée (On Tour).
*Benicio Del Toro – Puerto Rican-born American actor who brought back to life Ernesto Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che (2008), for which he won the Best Actor Palme at Cannes in the same year. He became James Bond's youngest enemy in Licence to Kill (1989, directed by John Glen) at around 22-years-old, after ditching law studies.
*Victor Erice – Spanish film director. Known for making few films, his work has nonetheless been likened to the great masters of painting. From his, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), to The South (1983) to his 1992 Cannes entry, The Quince Tree Sun which won the Jury Prize that year.
*Shekhar Kapur – Indian director, actor and producer, less known internationally for his acting than his two richly inspired and passionate period films about Elizabeth I of England. Most recently directed an aesthetic gem shortie in New York, I Love You.
*Alexandre Desplat – French composer who may not be recognised in the street, but you've heard his music in a whole host of films recently. Some of them have done well on the international circuit. They include The Curious case of Benjamin Button, directed by (David Fincher, 2008), Coco avant Chanel, directed by Anne Fontaine (2009), Chéri (2009) directed by Stephen Frears, Un Prophète, directed by Jacques Audiard (which won the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes in 2008). Desplat won the French Etoile d'Or (Golden Star) award for his scores for these films, as well as Robert Guédiguian's L'Armée du Crime which came out in 2009.