The Golden Leopard is the top prize at the Locarno International Film Festival, an international film festival held annually in Locarno, Switzerland since 1946. Directors in the process of getting an international reputation are allowed to be entered in the competitive selection. The winning films are chosen by a jury. The award went under many names until it was named the Golden Leopard in 1968. The festival was not held in 1951 and the prize was not awarded in 1956 and 1982. As of 2009 René Clair & Jiří Trnka are the only two directors to have won the award twice, both of them winning in consecutive years.
Golden Leopard winners
For the first two years the award was known as Best film. Then for several years the award went by the name of Grand Prize. The 1959 winning film was awarded for Best Direction. Then another name change for several years to: "Golden Sail". And from 1968 to this moment the Award is known as "Golden Leopard".