Mad Max director George Miller to preside over Cannes film festival

George Miller, 70, will be the first Australian to preside over the festival.

Rain drops on the Palm logo on an official car during the Cannes Film Festival. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - Australian director George Miller will preside over the 69th Cannes film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Miller, whose latest instalment of the Mad Max franchise, Fury Road, kicked off last year's festival on the Croisette when it was screened out of competition, will award the prestigious Palme d'Or at the end of the 11-22 May cinema extravaganza.

"What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet," Miller said.

"To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I'll be there with bells on!"

Last year's festival was presided by American directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

Miller, 70, will be the first Australian to preside over the festival.