The New Zealand director, producer and scriptwriter will preside over the jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes, set to run from May 14-25.

“Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this queen of film festivals has only grown larger,” said Campion.

“At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the art and excellence of new world cinema.”

Campion remains the only female director to win the Palme d’Or, for The Piano in 1993. She won the short film Palme d’Or in 1986 for Peel.

“Once upon a time there was an unknown young director from Down Under who was no doubt proud enough that the Festival de Cannes was going to present even one of the three short films she had just finished,” said Gilles Jacob.

“But they were shot through with such courage and humanity and captured such a unique world that the festival refused to choose and – in a masterstroke – screened all three, marking the advent of a true master. Jane Campion had arrived, and she brought a whole new style with her.

Thierry Frémaux added: “We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female presidents.”