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FOCAL Members Day & Winter Networking Evening

28 November 2019

Channel 4 Screening Room, 124-126 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX


You can still buy tickets for the Evening Networking Drinks and be in with a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2020 FOCAL Awards. Book here now. The Winter Networking Event will be from 6pm onwards at the nearby venue Brass Monkey Pub. Tickets are available at £25 per person which includes 2 drinks and nibbles.


What is the FOCAL Members' Day? 


The FOCAL Members’ Day will bring together FOCAL members and wider industry to address some of the most pertinent challenges and themes of working in the media archive sector at the moment in a lively and constructive day of workshops and conversations.

Day will then journey into night with FOCAL’s winter networking event held in a nearby venue.  Further details below or on our indivdiudal event page here.

This is a unique opportunity to raise and discuss burning issues and help FOCAL devise strategies and actions to overcome those challenges. All refreshments (coffee breaks, lunch and evening buffet are included in the ticket) so you just need to turn up, listen and get involved!

Full day's agenda available here.


As speakers confirm we will be adding further details below so watch this space.


FOCAL Members Day Workshops 


• The Art of Footage Research

What are the critical challenges and issues facing FOCAL researchers at this time? Bringing together a group of speakers who can discuss and offer solutions for how they can be overcome.


Moderated by Cath Pick, Archive Producer


Speakers so far include: 

Joanna Ludwisiak - Sky News Lead Researcher and Archive Producer Specialising in current affairs, Joanna is a Sky News researcher with sixteen years of media industry experience - including news stories of Mexican drug cartels, big game hunting, and the Islamic State conflict. She’s archive producer and media coordinator for award winning Sky Ocean Rescue’s films, which are influential enough to have been shown in Parliament and at the EU. Her has also worked on entertainment, crime, historic projects for Sky channels including documentaries: The Real Chernobyl, Weinstein The Hollywood’s Reckoning, Harry and Meghan a Love Story. Working as a researcher and production coordinator for Sky News Joanna also has in-depth knowledge about footage sales, audio-visual archive, cataloguing, clips licensing and news production.

Stephen Slater - Archive Producer Stephen began his television career in sports production, in 2011 he produced and directed the BBC FOUR documentary "Destination Titan", about the Huygens probe landing on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Since then, his interest in archival storytelling has seen him specialising as an Archive Producer for a series of high profile feature documentaries, including "The Last Man On The Moon", "George Best: All By Himself", and the BAFTA Award winning "Hillsborough". He is a specialist in the NASA film archive, and in 2011 was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Media. His latest project, the critically acclaimed documentary "APOLLO 11", premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Editing, and was released in U.S cinemas and IMAX in March 2019. It is the highest grossing documentary of 2019, taking in $12 million at the box office at time of writing.

Jody Winterbottom - Founder, The Director Studio


• E-Commerce - Can it work for us?  

The supply of good archive between library and researcher will always rely on creativity and personal service to find the best footage. But we ask, do users of footage want the film archives to provide an e-commerce option ? And If so, what are the formats available to libraries to supply clips via an e-commerce platform? And how do libraries make the e-commerce business model work?Our panel will use case studies using different approaches to the whole question of e-commerce and examine all these issues. We will have an open floor discussion to exchange views. 

Moderated by Amanda Huntley, Huntley Film Archives

Speakers so far include:

Alistair White - Chief Executive Officer, British Pathé. Alastair White is the CEO of British Pathé, the world famous historic newsreel archive. Alastair has spent the last 30 years working within the TV industry for companies such as BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, and ITN. He is passionate about the archive industry and how archive can best be monetised in order to facilitate its preservation. Alastair is an allotment holder and grows all his own vegetables.


• What do Media Archives and the GLAM Sector have in common?

Deep into the digital age the traditional differences between Museums, Libraries, Galleries and Media Archives have long since dissolved so how do the cultural and creative industries work better together to ensure the preservation and savvy commercial reuse of all media assets? Bringing together museums, galleries and archive professionals in a cross-disciplinary discussion of how we can learn from each other.

Moderated by Alex Wilson, Bridgeman Library. Alex has over a decade of professional experience working for audio-visual archives including The British Library, English Folk Dance Song Society, National Jazz Archive, London Community Video Archive (Goldsmiths University), Museums Sheffield and Bridgeman Footage Library. He also runs the archive screening project, Memory Dance.

Speakers so far include:

Luke McKernan - Lead Curator, News and Moving Image, The British Library
I am a media historian with a particular interest in the late 19th and early 20th century. Interests include: early film history, newsreels, World War One propaganda and audience studies. Most of all, I am interested in how the different media come together, historically and today, and what this means for research and archives. 

Charlotte Procter - (LUX / Cinenova) Charlotte Procter is an archivist, film programmer and collection manager of LUX, the UK's most significant collection of artists’ moving image and the largest distributor of such work in Europe. Since2013 she has been a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a collective that preserves and promotes the feminist film and video collection Cinenova. She has organised and participated in numerous exhibition programmes,screenings, talks and workshops internationally.


• How do we work best with our digital hosts?

From Youtube to Vimeo, there's no denying that hosting sites are a brilliant tool for libraries to present their collections, represent history and reach a world new audiences. They’re also a breeding ground for content-creators. This workshop will bring together rights-holders, policy experts and more to discuss the key strategies and solutions to having an effective channel with case studies of when things go right and when things go wrong.


Moderated by Angela Saward, Research Development Specialist (Moving Image and Sound), Wellcome Collection.


Speakers so far include:

Jenny Hammerton - Account Manager, AP Archive Jenny Hammerton graduated with an MA in Film Archiving in 1994 and has been working with non-fiction collections ever since. Her first job as a film archivist involved spending five years cataloguing a collection of fragile nitrate negative newsreels. These days she almost never touches a piece of film and instead sits in front of a computer screen all day grappling with YouTube. Perhaps surprisingly, this is just as much fun. The thread running through all of her work has been the impulse to make moving image archive content more accessible to all. Many film collections were difficult to access in the past, but in the digital age, it’s so much easier to share. 

Mat Flasque - Director, FootageFarm Mat Flasque is a director and co-owner of Footage Farm, an awards winning archive library specialising in the public domain. He has also co-produced several documentaries, most recently Interview with a Dead Man on the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

Anna Skurczynska - Founder/Director, Open Plan Law Anna is a solicitor with a broad practice across all areas of Intellectual Property Law. She specialises in digital copyright and databases, media and privacy law, and advised clients from start-ups to multi-national corporations. In addition to her legal practice, Anna lectures on Media Law and Ethics at the University of the Arts. She is a member of the technical copyright panel at the British Copyright Council, and an active public speaker on matters relating to copyright in the UK and EU.

Gordon Craig - VP Archive, Fremantle  Gordon Craig is VP Archive for Fremantle International. In the role since 2007, Gordon oversees the strategic direction of Fremantle’s extensive Archive of iconic international television shows and memorable stills libraries. His responsibilities include driving sales and profit targets for the entire archive, as well as leading the digitisation strategy.


Where, When and How Much? 


Members Day is from 10am - 5pm at the Channel 4 Screening Room, 124-126 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London, SW1P 2TX and includes lunch, coffee and four workshop sessions. 

The Winter Networking Event will be from 6pm onwards at the nearby venue Brass Monkey Pub.   Tickets are available at £25 per person which includes 2 drinks and nibbles.

Venue: Brass Monkey Pub -  250 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, Westminster, London SW1V 1AU

Tickets to Members’ Day include entry to the evening event. Standard prices are £45 for Members and £60 for Non-Members.

We have very limited availability for this exciting day of discussions and networking so book your tickets below now.   First come, first served.

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