Sutherland Trophy

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 winners

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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