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The FOCAL International Awards 2008


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Awards for Best Use of Footage in Factual Productions

(Includes History, Current Affairs and Science first premiered on television)

Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

(First premiered on television)

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

(First premiered on television)

Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Stock Footage

(First premiered on television)

Award for Best Use of Sports Footage

(First premiered on television) Recipient - A production team from a broadcasting or production company that has produced a named production in which the footage content has been used intelligently. This may include, for example, a traditional methodology but beautifully put together work using footage, or an innovative approach to the use of archive footage. The criteria is deliberately loose, as the good productions this year may suggest themselves in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. The award should go to the team involved, including the Footage Researcher(s) who accessed the footage, headed by the Director or Producer. Supporting visual material is required. NB. In the Factual categories the Jury will give extra marks to productions which have shown historical accuracy in the use of footage.

Award for Best Use of Footage in an Advertisement

(Includes Advertisements made for any media platform - TV, cinema, online etc.) Recipient - Creative team and, or, advertising agency, including the Footage Researcher(s) involved in accessing the footage, headed by a Director and production company who have made the best use of library footage in the cited advertisement. Supporting visual material is required.

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Short Production

(Includes Pop Music Videos, and Short-form productions across all media platforms) Recipient - Creative team including the Footage Researcher(s) involved in accessing the footage, headed by a Director and production company who have made the best use of library footage in the cited Short production. Supporting visual material is required.

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

(Includes Corporate, Training or Education productions made for any non- television platform) Recipient - Creative team, including the Footage Researcher(s) involved in accessing the footage, headed by a Director and production company who have made the best use of library footage in the cited production. Supporting visual material is required.

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Feature Length Production

(Includes any feature film or feature length documentary made for an initial cinema release, but also including productions where there is a simultaneous cinema and television release) Recipient - Production team, including the Footage Researcher(s) involved in accessing the footage, headed by a Director and production company who have made the best use of library footage in the cited feature length production. Supporting visual material is required.

Award for Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms

(Includes websites, mobile phones, sell through DVDs, interactive DVDs, IPTV, museums, exhibition, theatres, concerts, festivals etc.) Recipient - Creative team, including the Footage Researcher(s) involved in accessing the footage, where the footage has been used on a website, mobile phone, CD ROM, DVD, IPTV or any similar non-broadcast television production. Supporting visual material, including web link where applicable, is required.

Award for Archive Restoration or Preservation Project

(Open to whole collections or individual projects) Recipient - A Library and/ or technical facility which has invested in any aspect of restoration or preservation of archive moving image content. Supporting visual material is required e.g. restoration work in progress, the complete restored work plus before and after shots if possible.

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

Recipient - A Footage Researcher who is a Member of FOCAL International and who is associated with a noteworthy work or body of works first aired during the qualifying year. The individual may be nominated using the online submission form (there is no fee for this) or the Jury may propose any number of named individuals during the course of the Jury process. A special committee comprising other researchers and library representatives will choose the recipient. The committee will be looking for an individual who in the previous year has displayed some or all of the following qualities: exceptional depth of knowledge; tenacity; thoroughness; accuracy in factual productions, imagination, the respect of others, and a number of other criteria

Award for Footage Library of the Year

Recipient - A FOCAL International Footage Library Member for providing a particularly good service in supplying content or introducing an innovative library management project or other beneficial innovation. The Award will go to the library chosen from the list of content library members listed on the FOCAL website at the time of the vote and receiving the most popular vote from FOCAL Researcher members.

Award for Lifetime Achievement

Recipient - Anyone who has performed a minimum of 25 years service in the archive industry and is recognized in a general sense to have contributed to the promotion, good practice or understanding of the content industry. Anyone can submit the name of a person supported by a statement as to why they feel the said person should be considered for this Award which is a gift of the FOCAL Executive.

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