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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 Ozu, YasujirōYasujirō Ozu Tokyo Story   Japan
1959 Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray[3] The World of Apu   India
1960 Antonioni, MichelangeloMichelangelo Antonioni L'Avventura   Italy
1961 Olmi, ErmannoErmanno Olmi Il Posto   Italy
1962 Rivette, JacquesJacques Rivette Paris Belongs to Us   France
1963 Resnais, AlainAlain Resnais Muriel   France
1964 Kozintsev, GrigoriGrigori Kozintsev Hamlet   Soviet Union
1965 Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard Pierrot le Fou   France
1966 Delvaux, AndréAndré Delvaux The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short   Belgium
1967 Kobayashi, MasakiMasaki Kobayashi Samurai Rebellion   Japan
1968 Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach   France
1969 Rivette, JacquesJacques Rivette L'Amour fou   France
1970 Bertolucci, BernardoBernardo Bertolucci The Conformist   Italy
1971 Bresson, RobertRobert Bresson Four Nights of a Dreamer   France
1972 Getino, OctavioOctavio Getino and Solanas, FernandoFernando Solanas The Hour of the Furnaces   Argentina
1973 Shengelaia, GiorgiGiorgi Shengelaia Pirosmani   Soviet Union
1974 Fassbinder, Rainer WernerRainer Werner Fassbinder Martha   West Germany
1975 Angelopoulos, TheodorosTheodoros Angelopoulos The Travelling Players   Greece
1976 Oshima, NagisaNagisa Oshima In the Realm of the Senses   Japan
1977 Syberberg, Hans-JürgenHans-Jürgen Syberberg Hitler: A Film from Germany   West Germany
1978 Rappaport, MarkMark Rappaport The Scenic Route   United States
1979 Ökten, ZekiZeki Ökten The Herd   Turkey
1980 Greenaway, PeterPeter Greenaway (shared) The Falls   United Kingdom
Jin, XieXie Jin (shared) Two Stage Sisters   China
1981 Sanders-Brahms, HelmaHelma Sanders-Brahms No Mercy, No Future   West Germany
1982 Gopalakrishnan, AdoorAdoor Gopalakrishnan Elippathayam   India
1983 Marker, ChrisChris Marker Sans Soleil   France
1984 Brocka, LinoLino Brocka This Is My Country   Philippines
1985 Kaige, ChenChen Kaige Yellow Earth   China
1986 Douglas, BillBill Douglas Comrades   United Kingdom
1987 Yang, EdwardEdward Yang (shared) Terrorizers   Taiwan
Cissé, SouleymaneSouleymane Cissé (shared) Yeelen   Mali
1989 Gaup, NilsNils Gaup Pathfinder   Norway
1990 Kloves, SteveSteve Kloves[4] The Fabulous Baker Boys   United States
1991 Proctor, ElaineElaine Proctor On the Wire   South Africa
1992 Moorhouse, JocelynJocelyn Moorhouse Proof   Australia
1993 Medem, JulioJulio Medem Vacas   Spain
1994 Tran Anh Hung The Scent of Green Papaya   Vietnam
1995 Tlatli, MoufidaMoufida Tlatli The Silences of the Palace   Tunisia
1996 O'Neill, JevonJevon O'Neill Bob's Weekend   United Kingdom
1997 Dumont, BrunoBruno Dumont The Life of Jesus   France
1998 Makhmalbaf, SamiraSamira Makhmalbaf The Apple   Iran
1999 Ramsay, LynneLynne Ramsay Ratcatcher   United Kingdom
2000 Lonergan, KennethKenneth Lonergan You Can Count On Me   United States
2001 Kapadia, AsifAsif Kapadia The Warrior   United Kingdom
2002 Gleize, DelphineDelphine Gleize[5] Carnages   France
2003 Barmak, SiddiqSiddiq Barmak Osama   Afghanistan
2004 Caouette, JonathanJonathan Caouette[6] Tarnation   United States
2005 Paljakka, KariKari Paljakka[7] For the Living and the Dead   Finland
2006 Arnold, AndreaAndrea Arnold Red Road   United Kingdom
2007 Paronnaud, VincentVincent Paronnaud and Satrapi, MarjaneMarjane Satrapi Persepolis   France
2008 Dvortsevoy, SergeySergey Dvortsevoy Tulpan   Kazakhstan
2009 Copti, ScandarScandar Copti and Yaron Shani Ajami   Israel
2010 Barnard, ClioClio Barnard[8] The Arbor   United Kingdom
2011 Giorgelli, PabloPablo Giorgelli Las Acacias   Argentina
2012 Zeitlin, BenhBenh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild   United States
2013 Chen, AnthonyAnthony Chen Ilo Ilo   Singapore
2014 Slaboshpytskiy, MyroslavMyroslav Slaboshpytskiy[9] The Tribe   Ukraine
2015 Eggers, RobertRobert Eggers[10] The Witch   United States
2016 Ducournau, Julia Julia Ducournau[11] Raw   France
2017 Trengove, John John Trengove The Wound   South Africa


  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. 

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