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FOCAL International Announce Final Nominations For 5th Prestigious Award Ceremony

21 March 2008

Ceremony to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on the 21st May, 2008.

FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses is pleased to announce the final nominations for the 2008 5th FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive.

Nearly 200 submissions from 12 countries were entered into this year’s FOCAL International Awards, spanning the 16 categories designed to recognise productions which have used library archive and stock footage in an imaginative and innovative way.

The Awards Jury comprising more than 40 industry professionals based in the UK, France and Canada was led by Jerry Kuehl, a previous FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Awards winner and veteran history producer.

For this initial nomination decision the jury was split into separate panels, each with the task of viewing all the submissions in their particular category and short-listing them to the resultant 3 nominations per category. The nominations, representing productions from the UK, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, USA, Ireland and Australia, cover the use of archive in all forms of content creation from factual through to entertainment, the arts, sport, natural history, commercials, full length features, training and corporate communications aired on any platform or channel. .

These accolades represent the only global competition dedicated to the celebration of the use of footage by producers together with the recognition of achievements of professionals within the archive industry.

“The annual FOCAL International Awards are now recognised as the world’s leading event to promote and recognise the best use of footage in the creative media,” commented FOCAL’s Chair Sue Malden, “and we are hugely encouraged by the growing support that this event continues to attract.”

Further awards will go to the best archive restoration work, the best footage library and researcher, plus the annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Celebrated British film-maker Lord Puttnam, FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons will host the awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, 21st May in London.

Lord Puttnam said, "I have long been a supporter of the footage archives, the skills that help make effective use of it and the contribution they make to the creative media. We sincerely hope that acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the footage industry will draw even more attention to this vital element of the creative processes at work in audio visual production.’

About FOCAL International:

The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International Ltd, is a not-for-profit professional trade association providing excellent networking and marketing opportunities for content industry professionals and giving users easy access to over 350 members worldwide:

FOOTAGE LIBRARIES selling clips, archive, footage, stock shots, stills, audio FOOTAGE RESEARCHERS with the professional skills to find and deliver the material, on time, within budget, rights cleared FOOTAGE CONSULTANTS to advise on content management solutions and use of valuable library assets FACILITIES with the technical equipment and expertise to store, restore or deliver the material on any format MEDIA LAWYERS specialising in media and copyright issues. Use FOOTAGE FINDER, RESEARCHER FINDER and FACILITY FINDER – FREE services giving fast easy access to footage and its professionals.

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