|David di Donatello Award for Best Director|
|Awarded for||Best director of an Italian film|
|Presented by||Accademia del Cinema Italiano|
|First awarded||1956 (for direction in films released during the 1955/1956 film season)|
|Currently held by||Marco Bellocchio — The traitor (2019)|
The David di Donatello Award for Best Director (Italian: David di Donatello per il miglior regista) is a film award presented annually by the Accademia del Cinema Italiano (ACI, Academy of Italian Cinema) to recognize the outstanding direction of a film director who has worked within the Italian film industry during the year preceding the ceremony. The award was first given in 1956, and became competitive in 1981.
Winners and nominees
Below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by other nominees.
|Indicates the winner.|
|Indicates that the director was also nominated to the Academy Award for Best Director.|
|Indicates that the director also won the Academy Award for Best Director.|
|Gianni Franciolini||Roman Tales|
|Federico Fellini||Nights of Cabiria|
Multiple wins and nominations
The following individuals have won multiple Best Director awards:
The following directors have received three or more Best Director nominations (* indicates no wins):
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- "Regolamento". daviddidonatello.it (in Italian). Accademia del Cinema Italiano. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- Niola, Gabriele (12 December 2018). "Ecco i nuovi David di Donatello: nuova giuria, nuovo sistema di votazione, nuovi possibili candidati. Fuori lo streaming". Badtaste.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 December 2018.