Sutherland Trophy

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Created in 1958, the Sutherland Trophy was awarded annually by the British Film Institute to "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.


Sutherland Trophy Recipients
Year Director Film Title
1958 Yasujirō Ozu Tokyo Story
1959 Satyajit Ray The World of Apu[3]
1960 Michelangelo Antonioni L'avventura
1961 Ermanno Olmi Il Posto
1962 Jacques Rivette Paris Belongs to Us
1963 Alain Resnais Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour
1964 Grigori Kozintsev Hamlet
1965 Jean-Luc Godard Pierrot le fou
1966 André Delvaux De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen
1967 Masaki Kobayashi Samurai Rebellion
1968 Straub-Huillet The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
1969 Jacques Rivette L'amour fou
1970 Bernardo Bertolucci The Conformist
1971 Robert Bresson Four Nights of a Dreamer
1972 Octavio Getino
Fernando Solanas
The Hour of the Furnaces
1973 Giorgi Shengelaya Pirosmani
1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder Martha
1975 Theodoros Angelopoulos The Travelling Players
1976 Nagisa Oshima In the Realm of the Senses
1977 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Hitler: A Film from Germany
1978 Mark Rappaport The Scenic Route
1979 Zeki Ökten Sürü
1980 Peter Greenaway The Falls
Xie Jin Two Stage Sisters
1981 Helma Sanders-Brahms Die Berührte
1982 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Elippathayam
1983 Chris Marker Sans Soleil
1984 Lino Brocka Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim
1985 Chen Kaige Yellow Earth
1986 Bill Douglas Comrades
1987 Edward Yang The Terrorizers
Souleymane Cissé Yeelen
1989 Nils Gaup Pathfinder
1990 Steve Kloves The Fabulous Baker Boys[4]
1991 Elaine Proctor On the Wire
1992 Jocelyn Moorhouse Proof
1993 Julio Medem Vacas
1994 Tran Anh Hung The Scent of Green Papaya
1995 Mofida Tlatli The Silences of the Palace
1996 Jevon O'Neill Bob's Weekend
1997 Bruno Dumont La vie de Jésus
1998 Samira Makhmalbaf The Apple
1999 Lynne Ramsay Ratcatcher
2000 Kenneth Lonergan You Can Count on Me
2001 Asif Kapadia The Warrior
2002 Delphine Gleize Carnages[5]
2003 Siddiq Barmak Osama
2004 Jonathan Caouette Tarnation[6]
2005 Kari Paljakka For the Living and the Dead[7]
2006 Andrea Arnold Red Road
2007 Vincent Paronnaud
Marjane Satrapi
2008 Sergey Dvortsevoy Tulpan
2009 Scandar Copti
Yaron Shani
2010 Clio Barnard The Arbor[8]
2011 Pablo Giorgelli Las Acacias
2012 Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild
2013 Anthony Chen Ilo Ilo


  1. ^ 1963 London Film Festival Programme, London: BFI
  2. ^ BBC, "Warrior conquers London Film Festival", 23 November, 2001
  3. ^ Apur Sansar "The World of Apu". Satyajit Ray official site. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  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

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