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FOCAL's Footage Zone Goes International!

1 August 2006

June was a busy time for footage libraries with plenty of opportunities to exhibit their content and meet with leading international documentary producers makers.

BROADCAST LIVE! at London's Earls Court exhibition complex drew an expanding number of footage libraries to exhibit, and not just from the UK. INA, the French national footage distributors were also there and by all accounts the number of useful client contacts that were made was well up on the previous year. Many of the exhibitors have already reserved their booth's for 2007 when the FOCAL Footage Zone looks to be even larger and enjoying it's own clear identity within this major media exhibition.

Sponsoring the FOCAL reception on the middle day was Iron Mountain represented by Heidi Wilkinson seen here (right) with Mark Fricker of BBC Motion Gallery and consultant Jeremy Cantwell


(Above) Will Buchannan of RPPtv Ltd helped sponsor the reception on the FOCAL booth by providing his own brand label of beer.


Stephane Cochet (left), Sandrine Sacarrere and Richard Belle (right) of INA who wer over from Paris to exhibit in the Footage Zone.


Exhibiting in the Footage Zone were: ITN Source * BBC Motion Gallery * IMG Media Archive * Moving Images * Octagon * INA * Images of Empire * TES Consulting * Granada International * AP Archive * AKG * Imperial War Museum * British Defence Film Library * FOCAL International * Framepool * Corbis * The Bridgeman Art Gallery * Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library * Mary Evans Picture Library *


Bill Rudgard of CCTV Archive (left), and Martin Rogers (right) of facility house TV Set attaending FOCAL's reception


Pandora Mather Lees of Bridgeman Art Library (above left) with colleague Emilie Janvrin who had a booth in the Footage Zone.


(above) archive researcher Tricia Power


La Rochelle was the next port of call for FOCAL to be the platform from which international footage libraries were able to exhibit and meet clients. The annual Sunnyside of the Doc festival, traditionally held in Marseilles, moved smoothly and successfully to its new home of La Rochelle - a beautiful port combining its modern and medieval history with a relaxed charm.


    

Naturally many French footage library members attended as well as representatives of various bureaux based in Paris. Sharing the FOCAL International booth was: Film Images, Paris, represented by Agnès Kourdadze (above right)* AP Archive * Lobster * L’Atelier des Archives, represented by Thierry Rolland (above left) * ITN Source, represented by Catherine Laferriere

Also attending the exhibition were representatives from: Gaumont-Pathe, Footage Farm, new FOCAL members FremantleMedia Archive Sales, BBC Motion Gallery, SVT and facility house TK One all able to take advantage of the ample space in the modern exhibition hall to meet with documentary producers and directors from all over Europe, North America and Asia.

Perhaps in one of his last official roles for FOCAL, it was good to see Jean- Francois Renac of SFRS/CERIMES helping on the booth. Seen here talking to Catherine Laferriere of ITN Source, Paris, Jean-Francois had been instrumental in running the administration of FOCAL France and we are indebted to him for all his hard work over the years. The administration has now lapsed back to FOCAL International and we wish Jean-Francois all the best as he looks forward to his retirement in the coming years.

Details of all these companies and those mentioned above, plus the services they offer, can be found on the FOCAL web Directory and also, in the latest FOCAL International Members Directory.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE ABOVE PLEASE CONTACT:

Anne Johnson or Julie Lewis
Tel: +44 (0)20 8423 5853
info@focalint.org