Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay

The Best Screenplay Award (French: Prix du scénario) is an award presented by the Jury to the best screenwriter for their work on a film of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. It was first awarded in 1949.

Award Winners

YearWriterFilmOriginal title
1946 - 47No award this year
1949Alfred L. Werker, Eugene Ling & Virginia Shaler (United States)Lost Boundaries
1951Terence Rattigan (United Kingdom)The Browning Version
1952Piero Tellini (Italy)Cops and RobbersGuardie e ladri
1953 - 57No award this year
19581Pier Paolo Pasolini, Massimo Franciosa & Pasquale Festa Campanile (Italy)Young HusbandsGiovani mariti
1959 - 62No award this year
1963Dumitru Carabat (Romania), Henri Colpi & Yves Jamiaque (France)Codine
1964No award this year
1965Pierre Schoendoerffer (France)The 317th Platoon
Ray Rigby (United Kingdom)The Hill
1966No award this year
1967Elio Petri (Italy)We Still Kill the Old WayA ciascuno il suo
Alain Jessua (France)The Killing GameJeu de massacre
1968Festival interrupted, no awards this year
1969 - 73No award this year
1974Steven Spielberg, Hal Barwood & Matthew Robbins (United States)The Sugarland Express
1975 - 79No award this year
19802Furio Scarpelli, Agenore Incrocci & Ettore Scola (Italy)La Terrazza
1981István Szabó (Hungary)Mephisto
1982Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)Moonlighting
1983No award this year
19843Thanassis Valtinos & Theodoros Angelopoulos (Greece), Tonino Guerra (Italy)Voyage to CytheraTaxidi sta Kythira
1985 - 93No award this year
1994Michel Blanc (France)Grosse fatigue
1995No award this year
1996Jacques Audiard & Alain Le Henry (France)A Self Made HeroUn héros très discret
1997James Schamus (United States)The Ice Storm
1998Hal Hartley (United States)Henry Fool
1999Yuri Arabov (Russia)Moloch
2000James Flamberg & John C. Richards (United States)Nurse Betty
2001Danis Tanović (Bosnia-Herzegovina)No Man's Land
2002Paul Laverty (United Kingdom)Sweet Sixteen
2003Denys Arcand (Canada / France)The Barbarian InvasionsLes invasions barbares
2004Agnès Jaoui & Jean-Pierre Bacri (France)Look at MeComme une image
2005Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico)The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
2006Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)To ReturnVolver
2007Fatih Akin (Germany / Turkey)The Edge of HeavenAuf der anderen Seite
2008Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)Lorna's SilenceLe silence de Lorna
2009Mei Feng (China)Spring Fever春风沉醉的晚上 (Chun
feng chen zui de ye wan
2010Lee Chang-dong (South Korea)Poetry  (Si)
2011Joseph Cedar (Israel)FootnoteHearat Shulayim
2012Cristian Mungiu & Tatiana Niculescu Bran (Romania)Beyond the HillsDupă dealuri
2013Jia Zhangke (China)A Touch of Sin天注定  (Tiān zhùdìng)
2014Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin (Russia)LeviathanЛевиафан
2015Michel Franco (Mexico)Chronic
2016Asghar Farhadi (Iran)The Salesmanفروشنده  (Forušande)
2017Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou (Greece)The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Lynne Ramsay (United Kingdom)You Were Never Really Here
2018Jafar Panahi & Nader Saeivar (Iran)3 Facesسه رخ  (Se rokh)
Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)Happy as LazzaroLazzaro felice
2019Celine Sciamma (France)Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait de la jeune fille en feu

^1 This year the award received the name Prix du scénario original (Original Screenplay Award).

^2 This year the award received the name Prix du scénario et des dialogues au Festival International du Film (Screenplay and Dialogues Award).

^3 This year the award received the name Prix du meilleur scénario original (Best Original Screenplay Award).

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