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The FOCAL International Awards 2016



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Best of Enemies

Magnolia Pictures   |   USA

  • Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
  • Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
  • Jane Kelly Kosek
  • ABC News VideoSource, Getty Images, Hoover Institution Archive at Stanford University, WNET, T3 Media

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insulttheir explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born. Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

In Best of Enemies, we made the creative decision to allow our two protagonists to appear in the film exclusively through archival footage. Both Vidal and Buckley lived full lives in front of the camera, so we had a deep well to draw from. By using archival footage to speak for both Buckley and Vidal, we were able to craft intimate, nuanced and balanced portraits of both men.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Firelight Films, Inc   |   USA

  • Stanley Nelson & Laurens Grant
  • Stanley Nelson
  • Lewanne Jones, Nicole London, Laurens Grant, Sam Aleshinloye
  • NBC, T3 Media/CBS, Chicago Film Archives, Cine Tamaris- Agnes Varda, Oddball film and Video

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

The film uses extensive archival materials to render an engaging and nuanced portrait of the Black Panther Party. The two hour film is comprised of over 50 minutes of archival footage alone. The research team investigated hundreds of sources, both domestic and international, as well other filmmakers' archives. The coup de grace came when never-before footage found on the floor of person's closet matched the audio of a never-before heard phone confrontation between Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, allowing us to present a pivotal and resonant scene. Many of the photos used in the film have also never been seen. Sources include, but are not limited to, filmmakers, US and international archives: and numerous broadcast affiliates: ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE, Associated Press, CBS Television Distribution, Center for Sacramento History / KCRA, Chicago Film Archives, Cine-Tamaris (Agnes Varda), Critical Past, Freedom Archives,Getty Images, Global Imageworks, INA Media, ITN Source, Mark Kitchell ,MAYSLES FILMS, Morley Markson, The National Archives and Records Administration, NBC News – NBC Universal Archives
, Third World Newsreel, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, White House Communications Agency, Oddball Film+Video, Producers Library, Hoover Institution Archives, Sveriges TV (SVT – Swedish Television), T3 Media, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Washington University Film & TV Archive, ARTE France.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

DeepFocus Productions, Inc.   |   USA

  • Arthur Dong
  • Arthur Dong, Asiroh Cham, Vanara Taing
  • Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Dr. Haing S. Ngor Archive, Georgetown University, ABCNews Videosource, CNN

Set against the backdrop of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge reign of terror, "The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor" chronicles a powerful journey of love, loss and reconciliation. The years encapsulating this horrific chapter of Cambodian history are seen through the eyes of Dr. Ngor, who escaped to America and recreated his experiences in "The Killing Fields," winning an Oscar® for his first film. He became the de facto worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland, only to be gunned down in an alley in Chinatown Los Angeles - a case still surrounded by transnational conspiracy theories.

"The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor" employs an inspired blend of archival footage, original animation, and newly shot footage, anchored by an adaptation of Ngor's richly layered autobiography. Historical scenes of Cambodia, particularly of the Khmer Rouge, were created with footage identified at Bophana Center in Phnom Penh, which is dedicated to preserving the visual memory of Cambodia. To visualize Ngor's personal journey, 1980s VHS videotapes were rescued from his estate and digitally restored. Some of this footage came from television shows of the period, but these stations didn't keep copies and Ngor's archives provided the only records of his extraordinary life.

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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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