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The FOCAL International Committees seek to implement the objectives of the organisation. All such work is carried out on a voluntary basis.

Events & Exhibitions

The purpose of the Event and Exhibitions Committee is to suggest, consider, review and support the delivery of FOCAL International events. These events are designed to promote the work of FOCAL members and the wider footage industry and well as encourage new members. The committee consists of UK and international representatives from the FOCAL Library, Skills and Services and Researcher memberships and is chaired by a member of the FOCAL Executive who reports back to the FOCAL Executive Council.


The Finance Committee oversees the setting of FOCAL International's annual budget and ensures that the organisation trades within those budgets approved by the Executive Council.

Management Committee

The purpose of the Management Committee is to offer support and advice to the Directors of FOCAL. The committee consists of members of the Executive who act as a sounding board for proposals before presentation to the Executive Council for approval.

Researchers Steering Group

Our purpose is to provide a platform giving support to fellow Researchers, an opportunity to share common concerns and to collectively promote and give advice on good working practice.


The Training Committee sees the future of the film archive and stock footage market as dependent on the development and maintenance of the skills of the workforce. With this aim in mind, the committee will formulate, promote and host training initiatives and suggest, consider, review and support projects to develop and maintain skills required by the footage and content industry partners. The committee is also responsible for administering the Jane Mercer Memorial Fund.

The committee consists of FOCAL members with a specific interest in training whether from library, facility or researcher background and is chaired by a member of the FOCAL Executive who reports back to the FOCAL Executive Council.

Web Committee

This committee supports FOCAL International by identifying opportunities for FOCAL International to maximise the use of the internet on behalf of its members.