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The FOCAL International Awards 2007


Awards for Awards for Best Use of Footage in Factual Productions


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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Firelight Media   |   USA

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? How could a diverse group...

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Miss Universe 1929-Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien

Mischief Films   |   Austria/The Netherlands

A personal documentary film about the life of Lisl Goldarbeiter - the first and only Austrian Miss Universe - and her cousin Marci, who kept his camera trained on her throughout his life. A little film...

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Nation On Film: Womens Football

BBC   |   UK

This is the story of how film captured the rise and controversial fall of one the most extraordinary sports teams Britain has ever seen. From the newsreels of the 1920s to the films of one passionate amateur,...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production


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l'Aventurière: L'Impératrice et le Dragon

La Compagnie Des Taxi-Brousse   |   France

During the Popular Front in Paris, Cheung Li, a young Chinese woman, asks Iris, "l'Aventuriére", for help. Terrified by opium dealers, she needs to recover her little girl who still lives in...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in an Arts, Music or Drama Production


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Folk Britannia: Ballads and Blues

BBC Music Entertainment   |   UK

This three part series on British Folk music begins with the birth of the folk revival in the 50's and the political struggles that ensued over the ownership of the movement. Lined up on one side...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in a Science or Natural History Production


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Chernobyl : The Invisible Thief

BAUM-FILM   |   Germany

April 26th 1986. The day a nightmare scenario became horrific reality: the day reactor block 4 of the Chernobyl atomic power station exploded. While researching and filming this project filmmaker Christoph...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production


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Hockey: A Peoples History

-   |   Canada

With the arrival of television in Canada in 1952, hockey becomes a national pastime. In this episode, real heroes and ordinary people come to life through archives. A young black player attempts to cross...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in a Short Production


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Radio 2 Elvis

Red Bee Media   |   UK

The Brief from Radio 2 Marketing was to create an advert showcasing an amazing line-up of musicians playing along with Elvis. The film opens with footage taken from The King's 1973 'Aloha' from...

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage in a Training, Education or Corporate Production


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Let Us Die Like Brothers

Commonwealth War Graves Commission / The History Channel   |   UK

There is a significant lack of information available to young people, both in the United Kingdom and South Africa, which deals with the involvement and sacrifices made by black servicemen during the two...

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Awards for Award for Best Use of Footage in a Feature Length Production or Film


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Deep Water

APT Films in association with Darlow Smithson Productions   |   UK

Deep Water is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever - the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world...

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The U.S. Vs. John Lennon

Authorized Pictures   |   USA

The U.S. Vs. John Lennon speaks powerfully to our own unsettled times. The film traces Lennon's metamorphosis from lovable "Moptop" to anti-war activist, and reveals how and why the U.S....

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Award for Award for Best Use of Footage on Non-broadcast Digital Platforms


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National Archives Website

National Archives   |   UK

For the first time on The National Archives' website anyone can now view complete public information films from 1945 -2006 free of charge. Joining with the Central Office of Information (COI) to celebrate...

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Award for Award for Archive Restoration or Preservation Project


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The Master's Edition Norman Mclaren

National Film Board of Canada   |   Canada

The methods that McLaren used in making his films involved multiple manipulations of original elements in order to create simple colour separations. With repeated passes through the optical printer, the...

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Award for Award for Footage Researcher of the Year


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Anne Connan (l'Aventurière)

La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse   |   France

During the Popular Front in Paris, Cheung Li, a young Chinese woman, asks Iris, "l'Aventurière", for help. Terrified by opium dealers, she needs to recover her little girl who still lives in...

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Award for Award for Footage Library of the Year


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Footage Farm

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Award for Award for Lifetime Achievement


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Larry McKinna

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