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The Sutherland Trophy was created in 1958 by the British Film Institute as an annual award for "the maker of the most original and imaginative [first or second feature] film introduced at the National Film Theatre during the year".[1] In 1997, the criteria changed to honour the maker of the most original and imaginative first feature screened during the London Film Festival.[2]

The award is a sculpture in silver by Gerald Benney. It is presented on the closing night of the Festival. The award was named after the British Film Institute's patron, George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland.

List of winnersEdit

Year Director(s) Film Country
1958 Yasujirō Ozu Tokyo Story   Japan
1959 Satyajit Ray[3] The World of Apu   India
1960 Michelangelo Antonioni L'Avventura   Italy
1961 Ermanno Olmi Il Posto   Italy
1962 Jacques Rivette Paris Belongs to Us   France
1963 Alain Resnais Muriel   France
1964 Grigori Kozintsev Hamlet   Soviet Union
1965 Jean-Luc Godard Pierrot le Fou   France
1966 André Delvaux The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short   Belgium
1967 Masaki Kobayashi Samurai Rebellion   Japan
1968 Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach   France
1969 Jacques Rivette L'Amour fou   France
1970 Bernardo Bertolucci The Conformist   Italy
1971 Robert Bresson Four Nights of a Dreamer   France
1972 Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas The Hour of the Furnaces   Argentina
1973 Giorgi Shengelaia Pirosmani   Soviet Union
1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder Martha   West Germany
1975 Theodoros Angelopoulos The Travelling Players   Greece
1976 Nagisa Oshima In the Realm of the Senses   Japan
1977 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Hitler: A Film from Germany   West Germany
1978 Mark Rappaport The Scenic Route   United States
1979 Zeki Ökten The Herd   Turkey
1980 Peter Greenaway (shared) The Falls   United Kingdom
Xie Jin (shared) Two Stage Sisters   China
1981 Helma Sanders-Brahms No Mercy, No Future   West Germany
1982 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Elippathayam   India
1983 Chris Marker Sans Soleil   France
1984 Lino Brocka This Is My Country   Philippines
1985 Chen Kaige Yellow Earth   China
1986 Bill Douglas Comrades   United Kingdom
1987 Edward Yang (shared) Terrorizers   Taiwan
Souleymane Cissé (shared) Yeelen   Mali
1989 Nils Gaup Pathfinder   Norway
1990 Steve Kloves[4] The Fabulous Baker Boys   United States
1991 Elaine Proctor On the Wire   South Africa
1992 Jocelyn Moorhouse Proof   Australia
1993 Julio Medem Vacas   Spain
1994 Tran Anh Hung The Scent of Green Papaya   Vietnam
1995 Moufida Tlatli The Silences of the Palace   Tunisia
1996 Jevon O'Neill Bob's Weekend   United Kingdom
1997 Bruno Dumont The Life of Jesus   France
1998 Samira Makhmalbaf The Apple   Iran
1999 Lynne Ramsay Ratcatcher   United Kingdom
2000 Kenneth Lonergan You Can Count On Me   United States
2001 Asif Kapadia The Warrior   United Kingdom
2002 Delphine Gleize[5] Carnages   France
2003 Siddiq Barmak Osama   Afghanistan
2004 Jonathan Caouette[6] Tarnation   United States
2005 Kari Paljakka[7] For the Living and the Dead   Finland
2006 Andrea Arnold Red Road   United Kingdom
2007 Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi Persepolis   France
2008 Sergey Dvortsevoy Tulpan   Kazakhstan
2009 Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani Ajami   Palestine
2010 Clio Barnard[8] The Arbor   United Kingdom
2011 Pablo Giorgelli Las Acacias   Argentina
2012 Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild   United States
2013 Anthony Chen Ilo Ilo   Singapore
2014 Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy[9] The Tribe   Ukraine
2015 Robert Eggers[10] The Witch   United States
2016 Julia Ducournau[11] Raw   France
2017 John Trengove The Wound   South Africa
2018 Lukas Dhont[12] Girl   Belgium


  1. ^ 1963 London Film Festival Programme, London: BFI
  2. ^ BBC, "Warrior conquers London Film Festival", 23 November 2001
  3. ^ "The World of Apu". Satyajit Ray official site. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  4. ^ MGM, Fabulous Baker Boys
  5. ^ The Independent, [ "'Carnages' at London Film Festival"], 22 November 2002
  6. ^ Optimum Releasing, Press Release
  7. ^ Finnish Embassy, "Kari Paljakka's film wins the Sutherland Trophy", 9 November 2002
  8. ^ London film festival: British director Clio Barnard wins best newcomer, The Guardian
  9. ^ "Russian Oscar Entry 'Leviathan' Takes Top Prize at London Film Fest". Variety. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ "London Film Festival Closes With Well-Received 'Steve Jobs' And Femme-Dominated Awards Ceremony". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Certain Women, Raw triumph in London". Cineuropa. 17 October 2016.
  12. ^ "2018 competition winners". BFI. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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