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The FOCAL International Awards 2015

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Award for Best Use of Footage in a History Production

  • Getty Images

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    Getty Images is one of the world's leading creators and distributors of stills, video and music. We offer over 2 million creative, editorial and archival clips dating from the 1900's, along with thousands of hours of offline content. HD footage includes premium content from house collections and key partners, such as AFP, BBC Motion Gallery, Disney ABC, Sky News, and Red Bull Media, plus over 200 independent film-makers. Online clips are available to download in broadcast quality while unique offline content can be accessed with assistance from our experienced staff. In addition, find long-format digitised archive films in our Video Vault at videovault.gettyimages.com
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Night Will Fall

Spring Films Ltd, Angel TV Ltd, Cinephil   |   UK

This is the story of the liberation of the German Concentration Camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production

  • Sky News

  • Sponsored by: Sky News

    Sky News is an unrivaled, world class breaking news service with a spirit of innovation and a fresh approach to news broadcasting. As the UK's first dedicated 24-hour news channel, Sky News has built a deserved reputation for being the first to break major news as well as offering insight and analysis on the latest stories. It is renowned for the speed of its coverage and flexibility of reporting news live across all its platforms - TV, mobile, online, connected TV, radio and iPad.

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Paisley: A Life

BBC Northern Ireland   |   UK

A documentary on the life of Ian Paisley that charts his journey from rabble-rousing preacher and divisive demagogue to his role in finally delivering political stability to Northern Ireland. The film...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production

  • ITN Source

  • Sponsored by: ITN Source

    ITN Source has one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of moving imagery. We manage and license footage from 1896 to the present day from the ITN archive and partners including Reuters News Agency, Fox News, Fox Movietone, ITV Studios, Channel 9 News Australia and other specialist collections from around the world. Finding the content you need is easier than ever before. Since the completion of a mammoth project to digitise the entire ITN archive, you can search, view and download all ITN content online at www.ITNSource.com. In fact, you can now download high resolution screeners directly from the site at 10Mbs. Our content is updated on a daily basis and we are continually uncovering new, rare and never-before-seen material, so there's always something new to add to your next project. Calling all producers, film-makers, publishers and researchers! ITN Source is now offering archive development workshops to brainstorm production ideas to help you win commissions and discuss flexible commercial models for UK and international markets. Attendees will benefit from FREE research and FREE hi-res footage for use in pitches, tasters and sizzles. Contact us at sales@itnsource.com to register your interest.
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American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam

Moxie Firecracker Films / WGBH Educational Foundation   |   USA

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

  • FremantleMedia Archive

  • Sponsored by: FremantleMedia Archive

    The FremantleMedia Archive is one of the largest and most diverse Television and Film libraries in the world. Boasting some of the world's most recognised and cutting edge news and standalone documentaries as well as a wide range of content from light entertainment, game shows, dramas, comedies and children's programming. The Thames Television collection alone has over 100,000 hours of programming including Thames News and This Week/TVEye (1968-1992), the flagship current affairs programme of its day.
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Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr

Rain Media Entertainment   |   UK

Sir Bruce Forsyth worked with legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Junior on a TV special in 1980. Now, three decades later, Sir Bruce tells the story of his friend, the boy from Harlem who took to the stage...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

  • Bridgeman Footage

  • Sponsored by: Bridgeman Footage

    Bridgeman Footage is a division of Bridgeman Images, the art and history licensing specialists, distributing multi-media packages to creative professionals and TV broadcasters worldwide. Our rights managed footage collection comprises new and exclusive films including social history and newsreel archive, HD world travel and archaeological sites, artist profiles and vintage animation. Visit our website to search, preview and download over 1 M high resolution images alongside clips to create a complete visual package. Contact our expert researchers who can advise on copyright and provide free searches in our extensive archive offline
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Regarding Susan Sontag

Question Why Films   |   USA

Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in a Music Production

  • Clips & Footage

  • Sponsored by: Clips & Footage

    Clips & Footage gives you access to over a century of unique footage from every genre including one of the largest collections of music and entertainment in the world. Our award-winning team is expert at providing high quality footage at flexible prices so you can negotiate the best rates for your project. Database research is free and you can expect a super-fast turnaround to fit the tightest of deadlines.
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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films and Inaudible Films   |   USA

Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs chronicling the musical ascension of "the...

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Award for Best Use of Sports Footage

  • ITV Sport Archive

  • Sponsored by: ITV Sport Archive

    Over 250,000 hours of archive footage and ITV commentary from a wide range of sporting material featured on ITV from the mid-1960s to date. As well as a catalogue of archive based Sport Classic Programmes. Dedicated, state-of-the-art, facilities offering a wide range of high quality technical facilities and services As a rights owner of historical sport archive material and a major broadcast partner of a number of prestigious national and international sporting federations and event owners, ITV Sport is uniquely placed to provide the most comprehensive archive service under one roof.
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An Ordinary Hero

BT Sport   |   UK

An Ordinary Hero looks back and celebrates the colourful life of Mike Hailwood, one of the legends of motor racing. His untimely death in a car crash alongside his daughter sent shock waves through the...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production

  • Broadcast

  • Sponsored by: Broadcast

    Broadcast is the leading source of news, data and insight into the broadcasting industry. With 1000's of subscribers spanning the industry's top companies, Broadcast is the essential resource for anyone in broadcasting. In print, online and via the new Broadcast App, we provide breaking news with in-depth articles, commissioning data and ratings statistics, alongside expert analysis and commentary into what these mean for you and your business. With Broadcast you can spot the latest trends and opportunities, see what your competitors are doing, find contacts and get ahead. Find out more by visiting broadcastnow.co.uk/subscribe
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Guinness: Irrepressible Spirit (advert)

Rogue   |   UK

In this exquisitely crafted and spine-tingling spot we remember Bill McLaren, the legendary commentator whose career was cut short by a diagnosis of TB the day before he was due to play for his country....

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Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage

  • Shutterstock

  • Sponsored by: Shutterstock

    Shutterstock is a leading, global technology company providing high-quality licensed footage, images and music to filmmakers, businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations. Shutterstock has created the largest and most vibrant two-sided marketplace for creative professionals to license and contribute content - as well as innovative tools that power the creative process. Shutterstock currently offers over 2 million royalty-free video clips, including 160,000 in 4K. The extensive library offers high production value footage including time lapse, aerial, green screen and model-released clips.
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The Pristine Coast

Juggernaut Pictures Inc.   |   Canada

The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Wild fish populations have declined to a fraction of their historic levels of abundance. Just prior to the declines, open net pen fish...

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Award for Best Use of Footage on non-Television Platforms

  • Cambridge Imaging

  • Sponsored by: Cambridge Imaging

    Cambridge Imaging protects, manages and monetizes the most precious content in the world today. Our award-winning Enterprise Video Platform, Imagen, takes the cost and complexity out of video management, combining best in class preservation standards and infinite storage capacity, with elegant and intuitive web interfaces for easy search and retrieval, either on premises or in the cloud. Imagen allows you to manage your content centrally, with military grade controlled access; protecting your brand and allowing you to target your content to your intended audience.
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RetroReport: Go or No Go - The Challenger Legacy (website)

Mirror Mirror Productions / Retro Report   |   USA

On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." America's space program was never the same. Those who saw it never forgot: the Space Shuttle...

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Award for Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release

  • British Pathe

  • Sponsored by: British Pathe

    Between 1896 and 1976, British Pathé recorded a wealth of material unrivalled in its historical and cultural significance. The company was a unique witness to the emergence of the modern world and its archive is a treasure trove for programme-makers and researchers worldwide. British Pathé's collection of 90,000 individual film items and 12 million stills is fully digitised and viewable online. Visit www.britishpathe.com
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Night Will Fall

Spring Films Ltd, Angel TV Ltd, Cinephil   |   UK

This is the story of the liberation of the German Concentration Camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost...

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Award for Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project

  • Film London

  • Sponsored by: Film London

    Film London, the UK capital's screen industries agency, connects ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. Working to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, the agency also supports the development of the city's new and emerging filmmaking talent and invests in a diverse and rich film culture. Leading the work to preserve and share the city's film heritage, Film London manages the London's Screen Archives (LSA), a network of over 100 archives, museums and libraries, supporting them to make their eclectic and rare moving image collections more accessible.
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Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection

Arrow Films   |   UK

40 years ago, the Polish-born France-based artist-turned-animator-turned-live action director Walerian Borowczyk was an arthouse giant, but he has since come perilously close to being forgotten altogether....

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Award for Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title

  • ACSIL

  • Sponsored by: ACSIL

    ACSIL is the trade association for the global footage industry, and our members control the essential motion imagery of our time. Some of us are large companies with multiple offices worldwide; some are specialists with expertly crafted motion experiences; some are units of the major news and media companies; some are governmental; some nonprofit; some hand-crafted collections of rare and esoteric cinematic experiences. In short, we are the organizations who have set up offices to work directly with the creative community. We have invested in digital imagery and digital workflows, in film & video restoration and preservation, in descriptive metadata and algorithmic finding aids, in the artists and filmmakers who capture iconic events and landscapes. And we own rights to the most celebrated moving imagery ever produced on earth.
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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1919)

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung   |   Germany

Made in 1919 by director Robert Wiene for the Decla production company THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is deemed to be the prototype of expressionist filmmaking in Germany. The psychological thriller deals...

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Award for The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

  • AP Archive

  • Sponsored by: AP Archive

    AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press - the essential global news network. The collection includes more than 1.7 million global news and entertainment stories dating back to 1895 sourced both from AP's own coverage and from our premium content partners. Hours of new footage are added daily with coverage from AP's global news gathering network. If an event happens anywhere in the world, you can be sure that AP covers it.
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Kate Griffiths

UK

Soul Boys of the Western World 5 Years ago I retained the services of Kate Griffiths as Archive Producer for the Movie SBOTWW The brief to Kate was to find "anything and everything" archive...

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Award for Footage Employee of the Year

  • Creative Skillset

  • Sponsored by: Creative Skillset

    Creative Skillset is the licensed Sector Skills Council for Entertainment Media, Fashion and Textiles, Publishing and Advertising, Marketing and Communications. It is owned and invested in by employers working in social partnership with unions and aspires to have the best skills and talent in the world to drive growth of the industries and the UK economy. Creative Skillset brings all parts of the Creative Industries together to add value through collaboration on workforce development. Its film skills strategy is funded directly by industry via the Skills Investment Fund, a levy on productions filmed in the UK, and the National Lottery funding via the BFI.
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Lucy Smee

AP Archive

Outline the outstanding work carried out by the Nominee named above during the qualifying period: Lucy's traits that make her an outstanding person to work with are her pleasant manor, positive attitude,...

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Award for Footage Library of the Year

  • Bonded Services

  • Sponsored by: Bonded Services

    Bonded Services is the world's leading media asset management provider. Entrusted with over 10 million assets worldwide, Bonded has the experience and expertise to store, manage and distribute your content. Our new, purpose built, media vaults and in-house digital studios offer the latest in cutting edge technology to provide an end-to-end asset management solution enabling you to migrate your content whilst protecting the long-term integrity of both your physical and digital asset. Combining state of the art storage vaults with Bonded's in-house digital services helps to simplify the complexities and challenges of bringing new viewing and revenue opportunities for your content via our "in studio" high speed Gigabit link to more than 60 platforms including LoveFilm, iTunes, and Netflix.
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Footage Farm

www.footagefarm.co.uk

Outstanding work carried out by Library during the qualifying period: Digitization of all our screeners. Reason for submission: Best personal service and customized research....

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Award for Lifetime Achievement Award

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RAYE FARR

DIRECTOR (Retired) STEVEN SPIELBERG FILM AND VIDEO ARCHIVE   |   USA

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Award for Special Award


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German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

Imperial War Museums   |   UK

'German Concentration Camps Factual Survey' is an exceptional project, in terms of both its history and its subject-matter, as well as the technical achievement of restoring and completing the...

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2015 Intro by Host Kate Adie OBE at FOCAL International Awards Ceremony