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The FOCAL International Awards 2016



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On The Corner   |   UK

  • James Gay-Rees
  • Asif Kapadia
  • Paul Bell
  • Universal Music Group, Family & Friends - amateur footage, Getty Images / BBC, Videoplugger, ITN Source

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

With Amy (like our previous film Senna) we have tried to push the use of archive material to the forefront of factual storytelling. We believe this approach to documentary film making is compelling and essential.

Cobain: Montage of Heck

End of Movie, LLC   |   USA

  • Brett Morgen, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
  • Brett Morgen
  • Jessica Berman-Bogdan
  • MTV Networks, Reelin in the Years, Universal Music Archives, The Cobain Estate Archives, several individuals and private archives

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon twenty years after his death. KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is a visceral journey through Cobain's life and career through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals.

The film is based entirely on primary sources.

Free to Run

Point Prod / Yuzu Productions / Eklektik Productions   |   Switzerland, France, Belgium

  • Jean-Marc Frohle, Fabrice Esteve, Marie Besson
  • David Rihs, Christian Popp, Samuel Tilman
  • Pierre Morath
  • Prudence Arndt, Deborah Ford
  • Salmini Films, NBC News, ABC NEWS, RTS, OTAB

Nowadays, millions of people run through the streets of New York, on the mountain trails of Switzerland, in Paris or Sydney, champions rubbing shoulders with unknowns. Yet just 50 years ago, running was an exclusive all-male sport reserved for top athletes competing in the stadium, whose rules were set by antiquated, sexist sporting authorities. How did we get from there to here? Via the stories of pioneering figures like Steve Prefontaine, Fred Lebow, Kathrine Switzer and the creators of the cult magazine Spiridon, Free to Run takes us on an amazing journey, through five decades of the grassroots running movement.

The film is made of 60% of archives, most of them very rarely seen. It covers a period from the 60s to today, uses 53 archives sources from 9 different countries, mixes amateur and professional sources, film, photo and video, and has requested 2 full years of complex archive research, facing multiple layers of rights, lost masters or contracts… a real detective work, uncovering some never seen footage like the film of Kathrine Switer during the 1967 Boston Marathon.

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On the Night...

Kate Adie and Lord Puttnam

Lifetime Achievement Trophy

Kate Adie

Tony, Fiona, Bob

Ray Davies

Raelene and Lee

Jody Winterbottom

Robert and Jenny

Joe Lauro


Anne Johnson and ?

Jessica and Cathy

Raelene and Kev

? and Greg

Janet, Simon, Jo

Victoria Stable (middle)

Obi and guests

Bob, Kate, Tony, Clyde

Amanda Dantas and hostesses

Sue Malden

SKY team

Fremantle MediaArchive

Richard Melman and Simon Wood

Colleen and Alexis STALKR

Restoration team behind MARIUS

Tim Emblem-English (right)

Guests from Universal

Lucie and ?

Victoria, Julie and Susan

Antoine and Susanne

Maggi Cook

Stuart, Steve and Vero

Trevor Phillips

Kate and Denis

Margaret Bodde and Lord Puttnam

Jerry, Jessica, Cathy

Denis and Paul


Bob and Margaret


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Opening Ceremony 2016 Chair Sue Malden and Event Organiser Julie Lewis


Host Kate Adie


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