Moviemaker Michael Mann is heading to Italy in September (12) to lead the jury at the Venice Film Festival.
The Heat director will chair a panel of industry experts responsible for selecting the festival's honourees and the recipient of the top prize, the coveted Golden Lion trophy.
Mann, whose films have earned him a string of honours including four Academy Award nominations, has been praised by event organisers as "a total film maker and one of the most influential and representative figures in contemporary American cinema".
The cinema showcase was helmed by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky last year (11).