Silver Lion

The Silver Lion (or Leone d'Argento) refers to a number of awards presented at the Venice Film Festival. The prize is awarded irregularly and has gone through several changes of purpose. Until 1995, the award was infrequently given to a number of films as second prize for those nominated for the Golden Lion. At various times, the Silver Lion has also been awarded for debut films, short films, and direction.

Silver Lion
Presented byVenice Film Festival

Since 1998, Silver Lion for Best Direction has begun to become an annual award presented for best directing achievements in a feature film at official competition section.

Silver Lion for Best Direction (1990–present)

YearDirectorFilmOriginal titleNationality of director
1990 (47th) Martin Scorsese Goodfellas United States
1998 (55th) Emir Kusturica Black Cat, White Cat Црна мачка, бели мачор (Crna mačka, beli mačor) FR Yugoslavia
1999 (56th) Zhang Yuan Seventeen Years 过年回家 (guò nián huí jiā) China
2000 (57th) Buddhadeb Dasgupta Uttara (The Wrestlers) India
2001 (58th) Babak Payami Secret Ballot Ra'ye makhfi Iran
2002 (59th) Lee Chang-dong Oasis 오아시스 (Oasiseu) South Korea
2003 (60th) Takeshi Kitano Zatōichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) Japan
2004 (61st) Kim Ki-duk 3-Iron 빈집 (Bin-jip) South Korea
2005 (62nd) Philippe Garrel Regular Lovers Les Amants réguliers France
2006 (63rd) Alain Resnais Private Fears in Public Places Cœurs
2007 (64th) Brian De Palma Redacted United States
2008 (65th) Aleksei Alekseivich German Paper Soldier Bumazhnyy soldat Russia
2009 (66th) Shirin Neshat Women Without Men Iran
2010 (67th) Álex de la Iglesia The Last Circus Balada triste de trompeta Spain
2011 (68th) Cai Shangjun People Mountain People Sea 人山人海 (Ren shan ren hai) China
2012 (69th) Paul Thomas Anderson The Master United States
2013 (70th) Alexandros Avranas Miss Violence Greece
2014 (71st) Andrei Konchalovsky The Postman's White Nights Белые ночи почтальона Алексея Тряпицына (Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna) Russia
2015 (72nd) Pablo Trapero The Clan El Clan Argentina
2016 (73rd) Amat Escalante The Untamed La región salvaje Mexico
Andrei Konchalovsky Paradise Рай (Ray) Russia
2017 (74th) Xavier Legrand Custody Jusqu'à la garde France
2018 (75th) Jacques Audiard The Sisters Brothers
2019 (76th) Roy Andersson About Endlessness Om det oändliga Sweden

Defunct Awards

Silver Lion prize (1953–1994)

From 1953 to 1957, the Silver Lion was awarded to a number of films nominated for the Golden Lion as a second prize. Since 1988, the Silver Lion has been given to one or more films nominated for the Golden Lion.

Silver Lion for Best First Work (1982)

Silver Lion for Best First Film (1983–1987)

Silver Lion for Best Screenplay (1990)

  • 1990 – Sirup by Helle Ryslinge

Silver Lion for Best Short Film (1996–2007)

  • 1996 – O Tamaiti by Sima Urale
  • 1999 – Portrait of a Young Man Drowning by Teboho Mahlatsi
  • 2000 – A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow by Peter Long
  • 2001 – Freunde by Jan Krüger
  • 2002 – Clown by Irina Evteeva
  • 2003 – Neft by Murad Ibragimbekov
  • 2004 – Signe d'appartenance by Kamel Cherif
  • 2005 – Xiaozhan by Chien-ping Lin
  • 2006 – Comment on freine dans une descente? by Alix Delaporte
  • 2007 – Dog Altogether by Paddy Considine

Silver Lion for Revelation (2006)


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