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". In 1997, the criteria changed to honour the maker of the most original and imaginative first feature screened during the London Film Festival.
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
- 1963 London Film Festival Programme, London: BFI
- BBC, "Warrior conquers London Film Festival", 23 November 2001
- "The World of Apu". Satyajit Ray official site. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- MGM, Fabulous Baker Boys
- The Independent, [ "'Carnages' at London Film Festival"], 22 November 2002
- Optimum Releasing, Press Release
- Finnish Embassy, "Kari Paljakka's film wins the Sutherland Trophy", 9 November 2002
- London film festival: British director Clio Barnard wins best newcomer, The Guardian
- "Russian Oscar Entry 'Leviathan' Takes Top Prize at London Film Fest". Variety. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "London Film Festival Closes With Well-Received 'Steve Jobs' And Femme-Dominated Awards Ceremony". Deadline.com. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Certain Women, Raw triumph in London". Cineuropa. 17 October 2016.
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