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Golden Leopard

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

- The award was known as Best film for the first two years.

- The award went by the name of Grand Prize for several years.

- The festival did not take place in 1951.

- Three films tied in 1953.

- Five films tied in 1954.

- The festival did not take place in 1956.

- The award was known as the Golden Sail in 1958.

- The 1959 winning film was awarded for Best Direction.

- The award was known as the Golden Sail for the next six years.

- In 1966 & 1967 a youth jury picked and awarded a Grand Prize.

- The award has been known as the Golden Leopard since 1968.

- Four films tied in 1969.

- Four films tied in 1970.

- In 1971 there were two categories for the Golden Leopard. Three films won Best First Feature:

- In 1971 there were two categories for the Golden Leopard. Two films won Best Second Feature:

- The official jury decided not to award a Golden Leopard in 1982; instead they issued four special mentions.

*denotes first win for a nation

External links

  • Official site

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