The "Edward Scissorhands" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" director says heading up the nine-member jury in May is a "great honor."
Organizers of the French Riviera festival made the announcement Tuesday in a statement quoting Burton's reaction.
Burton says: "After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I'm finally ready for this."
The 63rd Cannes festival will be held May 12 to 23. The rest of the jury will be announced later.