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The FOCAL International Awards 2016



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A City Dreaming

Indie Movie Company for BBC NI   |   UK

  • Chris Martin
  • Mark McCauley
  • Michael Barwise, Jim Anderson
  • Peter McDonald home movies, Archive Ireland Private Collection, Critical Past LLC, BBC Worldwide, Liam McCaul home movies

Written and narrated by the late Gerry Anderson, this documentary feature film is a beautiful portrait of what Gerry Anderson coined 'Stroke City'. A series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people. A story that weaves its way through half a century of history during a time that saw the city rise from poverty and neglect, to hitting the headlines across the world.

This very personal film relies entirely on archive film shot in the city over many decades. The evocative images are skillfully edited together to underpin Gerry's recollections of his childhood and draw the audience into an era which is fast fading into history.

Best of Enemies

Tremolo Productions / 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 insult their 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.

Children Over Time

RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana   |   Italy

  • RAI Teche & RAI Cinema
  • Roberto Faenza, Filippo Macelloni
  • Carla Consalvi, Laura Demetri, Giancarlo Biondi
  • RAI Archives (Teche)

As if in a time machine, we go back and forth between the '50s and the present day, through moments captured and stored in the Rai archives. Precious testimonies to days gone by, pieces of a great mosaic that is constructed bit by bit along the way, showing Italy through the astonishing, precise and light-hearted gaze of children.

The documentary is a journey through time and space, from the North to South of Italy , marked by transversal and universal themes and chapters: games - school - money - dreams - future - love - the world - a portrait of society through archive immages.

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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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