Michel Gondry, whose work has spanned features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, will helm the short film competition at Cannes. ((Matt Sayles/Associated Press))

The Cannes Film Festival says inventive French director Michel Gondry will lead the jury in the short film competition.

The Green Hornet director is the latest in a long line of prestigious directors to preside over the jury, including Martin Scorsese and Atom Egoyan. 

Gondry has won considerable critical acclaim for his seven feature films, which include 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 2006's The Science of Sleep. His non-fiction work includes the musical documentary Dave Chappelle's Block Party.

He's also made several shorts and dozens of music videos, including Fell in Love with a Girl for the White Stripes, Human Behaviour for Bjork, Around the World for Daft Punk and Dance Tonight for Paul McCartney.

The 64th edition of the prestigious French Riviera festival runs May 11-22. U.S. actor Robert De Niro will lead the jury for the main competition, and Woody Allen's new Midnight in Paris will open the festival.