WINNERS OF THE 2016 FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS BELOW.
THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE 2017 FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 2016 FOR PRODUCTIONS PREMIERED IN 2016.
Please read the Entry Guidelines first, then the Category details. When you have chosen an appropriate Category that you want to make a submission to, go to the Award Submission Form. On the submission form you select the chosen category and the correct form will appear. Please note that the forms do not retain your information so it is advisable to prepare and save your text in advance in case there is a problem! Also please have your purchase order number ready or your credit card ready. We can only take Mastercard or Visa and you should have it cleared for overseas transactions in advance. Good luck!!
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Historic Films Archive is a small but industrious stock footage archive located on the eastern end of Long Island New York. In business since 1991, our staff has provided hundreds of thousands of clips to award winning documentaries, television programs, commercials and feature films. Our world recognized library of musical performance and entertainment footage spans a century and contains over 50,000 individual performances from televisions most important networks and programs. Our collection of stock footage spans the years 1895 to 2015 and consists of over 35,000 hours of news, lifestyles, travel, fads, fashion, home movies, celebrity "red carpet" events, vintage TV programs, commercials, interviews, silent films, training films, military films, industrials and cartoons. In 2009, after two years of research and development and during one of our countries worst financial down-turns, Historic Films recruited an outstanding team of web developers who would subsequently spend the next two years working with us to custom design a web-based platform to serve our client's stock footage needs. Unlike many of our competitors, who offer their online footage as short pre-determined clips, Historic Films Archive presents its clients with the option to access and view an entire document/film while giving them the ability to select the precise shot they want. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an exceptionally streamlined and efficient online experience as well as providing our research staff with the right tools to do their jobs well. Historic Films strength has always been in our dedicated multi-tasked staff that do in fact still answer the phone when you call and in many cases have been with the company since its early inception. Our strengths lie within the institutional knowledge that our staff have of our material and our rapid access to it. In 2011, after two years of development, Historic Films launched what has become one of the industry's leading online websites for stock footage research and sales. It is not an exaggeration to state that our online presence competes handily with publicly traded stock footage companies with resources far greater than our own. The same team of developers that we recruited back in 2009 is still with us as we have continued to evolve, re-assess and re-develop the research and sales tools we provide to our clients and our staff. In 2014, three years after our initial launch, we began to see an obvious trend. Our clients were no longer tied to their desktops for research and had become en masse mobile. The greatest increase in traffic coming to our website was now from iPads, iPhones and Android devices yet this sector was not being served as our video playback (much like our competitors), was not compatible on these devices. We took our queue and in 2015 Historic Films re-tooled and re-launched our website to allow for tablet and smart phone device compliancy. Historic Films now allows users of iPhones, iPads and Android devices to stream footage and make selects while accessing all of the same great features that our desktop users have always enjoyed. We are now fully searchable anywhere at any time on any device. No "App" required. As of 2015 Historic Films Archive remains the only stock footage archive that provides this service to the stock footage industry. We are very proud of the success our company has had in developing online tools to serve a far greater number of stock footage researchers in more places at more times. We are also proud of the infrastructure advancements that we have made ensuring that Historic Films not only remains a top competitor in its field but also maintains its post as a responsible fiduciary for the historical content within our vaults. For these reasons, we believe that Historic Films Archive deserves to be nominated for the 2015 FOCAL International Stock Footage Archive of the year.
Joe Lauro President, Historic Films Archive, LLC
Huntley Film Archives has had an amazing year..quite simply the company of 2015 is light years from what is was in 2014 and it is for this reason we believe it should be considered for the Focal Library of the Year. Two major changes have occurred. Firstly " digitisation " Huntley Film Archives has gone from an old school traditional archive to a slick digital operation whilst remaining true to its celluloid roots. Film, real film, will always remain at the heart of the archive. Huntleys apply the highest standards of conservation and preservation with our state of the art film vault and staff know-how but they also understand that this doesn't help the busy film researcher. Digitisation and therefore easy access is priority. Yet the celluloid is safe and there when it is needed. Huntley Film Archives has taken a chance and huge investment in its own film scanner. The scanner does 35mm and 16mm of course, but rare film gauges are now possible with a gate for 9.5mm and even 28mm. The 28mm film scanning gate may be the only one in the UK. Secondly " training " Huntley Film Archives has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to training and these activities have expanded this year. All the staff have been involved in teaching the next generation of film archivists, who will move effortlessly between film and file and feel confident in both, it's so important for the future of our industry.
With a passion for finding undiscovered historical footage, Kinolibrary has been successful in introducing several collections to the archive industry in 2015. Among these collections are unique amateur films showing daily life in London spanning over three decades including subcultural youth movements, protests, street scenes and underground parties. These films are now all digitized to HD, fully shotlisted and ready to licence for the first time. This year has also seen the digitization of a vast news collection spanning the 1990s. This footage has never been seen since first broadcasted and is now available for licencing for the first time. This process included the digitization of several hundred tapes and logging of their contents. This collection is already proving to be in high demand and has been licenced for many projects, including theatrical releases. The collections that Kinolibrary have brought to the industry are already having an impact on content that is being created across a wide range of different media platforms. For example, Kinolibary archive has featured in interactive online documentaries (including V&A museum, Tate Modern), Projections (including Mark Ronson tour, National Theatre), advertisements (including Guinness, Visa), several dramas and of course many outstanding documentaries, several of which are in the final consideration list for an Academy Award. Not only do Kinolibrary consistently bring rare and undiscovered archive footage to the industry for commercial use, their level of service is outstanding. Working closely to a wide range of archive requirements, Kinolibrary create tailor-made archive selections for each brief within an incredibly fast turnaround. Kinolibrary will continue to discover interesting, high-quality archive and make them commercially available in a way that is easy, efficient and enjoyable to use.
Jenny Coan, Kinolibrary