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Last Minute Rush to Enter Footage Industry Awards

1 January 2005

FOCAL International received over 200 entries from around the world when nominations closed for its annual awards. Across 16 categories from "Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production" to an award for the "Footage Library of the Year", the various awards cover the use of footage in all forms of television programmes, advertising, corporate productions, pop music videos, electronic productions to restoration and research work.

"Almost half the nominations came in during the final three days, which was somewhat overwhelming," said FOCAL's General Manager Julie Lewis. "The international Jury will be viewing and discussing the entries over the next few weeks. Their challenge is to come up with a shortlist of 3 Nominations per category which is really tough where you have a huge number of entries in the popular History & Entertainment/Arts documentary sections. It will then be up to FOCAL's international Membership to cast their votes for the winners in each category."

British film-maker and politician Lord David Puttnam will present the Awards during a gala dinner ceremony at BAFTA, Piccadilly, London, in May.

All Submissions are listed on the FOCAL Website: http://www.focalint.org/focalawards.htm