Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier has been named president of the Caméra d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19).
Meier and the jury will award a prize to a director’s first work from the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.
Her work includes Home (2008), Sister (2012), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, and Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (2018). In 2014 she took part in Bridges of Sarajevo, a collective work by 13 European filmmakers presented at Cannes in the Official Selection.
The jury will present the Caméra d’or award at the Cannes closing ceremony on Saturday May 19.
Last year’s winner was Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe, presented in the Official Selection - Un Certain Regard last year.
Since 1978 the prize has gone to films including Stranger than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch (1984), Suzaku by Naomi Kawase (1997), The White Balloon by Jafar Panahi (1995), Hunger by Steve McQueen (2008) and Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin (2012).