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The FOCAL International Awards 2014

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Elspeth Domville and Elizabeth Klinck

Our Man in Tehran   |   Canada

Elspeth and Elizabeth virtually saved our particularly difficult and most challenging film "Our Man in Tehran" about the Iranian Hostage crisis of 1979/80. The film had special challenges and Elspeth and Elizabeth's knowledge, dedication and determination produced miracles.
In the space of less than four months we asked them to uncover thirty minutes of rare footage and get all of it delivered and cleared from the original sources and owners in time for the film's premiere. That they were able to fulfill this was a breathtaking achievement.
As we made the decision to have no narration, it was up to the footage to do the storytelling. They understood this and found shots and sequences that exceeded our expectations.
People regularly common how powerful the footage is; how it makes this event that happened 34 years ago seem so immediate. And also how much of that footage is unknown and fresh even for experts in the field. That is something very special and we are forever thanking Elspeth and Elizabeth in public for their feat as researchers.

Larry Weinstein, Co-Director/Producer

Javier Botero

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks   |   USA

Javier did an extraordinary job. He became an expert in the subject, developed wonderful contacts and had a very sophisticated understanding of the story that we were telling - even as that story changed. He played a vital role in the production. The expectations were high but the footage exceeded them. We were trying to get sensitive materials from the hacker community as well as from the military. That is a very wide range. Javier's ability to do research on the internet was extraordinary. But just as powerful was Javier's ability to reach out to individuals from whom the very best archive - I call it "unofficial archive" - can be found. Once it was found, Javier did a great job of gaining the confidence of those who controlled the material. They trusted him because they knew that Javier had a sophisticated understanding of the subject. In addition, Javier's diligence and precise organization cataloging and clearing footage was essential to the film's workflow.

Alex Gibney, Director

John Smith



With the Brushing Up series we took what could be deemed 'dry' subjects, Bridges, Tunnels etc and endeavoured to find some mischief, wonder and sense of fun in these worlds. Buying into the spirit of the project along with a genuine understanding of comedy was key to the archive research. John delivered in spades, unearthing terrific oddities and long unseen nuggets which made producing these shows a joy. A team man with safe hands and genuine funny bones, every archive show should have one.

Mark Lucey, Series Producer


John Smith was an excellent Archive Producer on what was to prove a huge undertaking. Right from the off he was totally in tune with the needs of the programme and immediately set about embellishing the Morecambe and Wise story we wanted to tell. His contribution was invaluable and his knowledge impressive. He has a natural affinity with comedy which makes his archive choices all the more spectacular. When John supplies material you know you won't be looking at lots of irrelevant material - it's all good. Not only is he painstaking in his approach but he can always be relied upon to maintain a sense of calm.

Andy Humphries, Producer/Director

The archive within Class of 92 was sourced by John Smith. John went outside the usual realms sourcing the footage for our project. Finding interesting rare unseen moments without which such insight to the characters would have been hard to achieve. His passion for the project spending hours researching through hundreds of football matches to find those moments all contributed to the success of the final film.

Ben Turner & Gabe Turner, Directors

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On the Night...

Dan Snow - host FOCAL International Awards

Dan Snow hosting FOCAL Internatonal Awards Ceremony

The Dream Team organisers - Amanda Dantas, Anne Johnson and Julie Lewis, FOCAL International

Sue Malden and Elizabeth Klinck

Adam Ol'ha and Vladimir Opela winners from Czech Rep

Guests from Deluxe

Amanda from Huntley Film Archives and Gintare from Footage Farm

Guests from IMG Sport Archive

Guests from IMG Sport Archive

Amanda Huntley and Robert, Elisabeth and Jenny from AP Archive

Guests from Zodiak Clips

Guests from Testimony Films

Guests from Deluxe

Guests from IWM and Strike Force

Sue Malden speaking at Awards ceremony

Guests from AP Archive

Guests fro Testimony Films

Guests from AP Archive

Sue Malden, Amanda Huntley, Richard Wright

Dan Snow hosting FOCAL International Awards Ceremony (2)

Guests from Getty Images

Guests from Espresso Education


Rob Lloyd, Kal Dhillon, Rachel Brinton-Matthews


Guests from BBC Studios and Post Production


Guests from BBC Scotland

Guests from Lion TV

Awards stage

Andrew Wright and Tim Emblem English

Veronique Foucault and guest

Anne Seymour and Elisabeth Quessever, AP Archive

Susan Munns and colleague, AP Archive

Chris Fossey, Prime Focus and colleague

Kieron Webb with ladies from IWM

Martin Rogers, Luke Smedley and James Kearney

Guests from Science Photo Library

Rita, Rob and Anne

Guests from INA

Ben Jones and Steve Lake

Guests from BSkyB

Guests from Shutterstock

Guests from BBC Worldwide

Guests from Electric Robin

Andrew Wright and James Norton

Anne Seymour and Ben Cooke

Jane Fish, Corinna Reichner and Kieron Webb

Alison McAllan and Paul Sargent

Paul Collard and Ben Thompson

Filip, Claudine and friends

Declan Smith, Lucy Smee and Elaine Shepherd

Guy Taylor, IMG and colleague

Stephen Kahn and John Smith

Guests from STV

Guests from Erica Starling Productions

Mark Bonnici and colleagues

Guests from Espresso

Guest from Prime Focus plus Luke Smedley, AP Archive

Anne Fleming, Clyde Jeavons and Vladimir Opela

Robert Harding and Karen Walsh

Barry Purkis and Suzanne Gray

Guests from Getty Images

Ben Jones, Science Photo Library and Rachel Brinton Matthews, Bridgeman Footage

Jeremy and Katie from ITN Productions

John Smith and guests

Filip Firlej and Linda Reeve

Shane Warden, IMG and George Bevir, Broadcast Tech

Wayne Lovell and collegue, Fremantlemedia Archive

Filip Firlej, Linda Reeve and Kathy Manners

Guests from the Erica Starling Company

Elspeth Domville, Elizabeth Klinck and Richard Goldthorpe

Robert Harding and Sue Malden

Luke Smedley, James Smith and James Kearney

Vladimir Opela and guests

Dan Snow with guests

Alastair White and guest

Raelene Rawlings and guest

Alwyn Linsey, Luke Smedley and colleague AP Archive

Sue Malden, Rachel Brinton Matthews and Amanda Dantas

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Guest from Zodiak

Javier Botero and guests

Claudine Tordjeman and guest

James Smith, Alison Mercer and guest

Guests from Strike Force

Jenny Hammerton and John Rowling


Paul Gardner and Gaelle Ledorguet

Jane Rundle and guests

Dan Snow with Amanda and Jess

Martin Roges, Gintare and Leonidas Liambeys

Wayne Lovell, Fremantlemedia Archive and colleague

Roulette game, post awards party

Ben Jones and Kieron Webb

Lifetime Award on pedestal

Event staging

Dining room

Event stage

Guests dining

Guests dining

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2014 Intro by host Dan Snow at FOCAL International Awards Ceremony