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Last Call for FOCAL Footage, Restoration & Skills Awards Nominations

26 November 2012

Last Call for FOCAL Footage, Restoration & Skills Awards Nominations

The final deadline for submissions to FOCAL International's 10th global awards is fast approaching. The FOCAL International Awards, presented in association with AP Archive, celebrate achievement in the world of stock and archival footage. Anyone wishing to be considered for an award in any of the 18 award categories must get their submissions in by 1st December.

London, UK - 26 November 2012 - Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production and would like their work to be considered for recognition in one of FOCAL's 18 award categories must submit an application by 1 December, 2012. The FOCAL International Awards celebrate the best use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms. Over the last ten years, the FOCAL International Awards has risen to prominence in the world of stock and archival footage, as well as in the international production community at large. The 2013 Awards will be presented in association with AP Archive on May 2, 2013.

"It always pains us to bring the nomination process to a close," said Julie Lewis, organiser of the awards and FOCAL's General Manager. "We'd hate for anyone to miss their chance for recognition. That said, once the nominations are in our real work begins. We've had a particularly robust crop of nominations this year, and our Jury can't wait to begin reviewing this year's films. So if you are interested in competing for an award or nominating an outstanding researcher or archive, please get your submissions in by the end of the week!"

In addition to awards recognizing achievement in a wide variety of production categories, awards for restorations of the world's film and video archive heritage are also up for grabs, as are commendations for the skilled researchers, archivists, libraries and as always a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Award categories are as follows:

• Best Use of Footage in a History Production
• Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
• Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
• Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment
• Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
• Best Use of Footage in a Production featuring Music
• Best Use of Sports Footage
• Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production
• Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
• Best Use of Footage on Digital or Non-television Platforms
• Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release
• Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release
• Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project
• Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title
• The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
• Footage Employee of the Year
• Footage Library of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement

Rick Prelinger winning the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012

The qualifying period is productions premiered in 2012 and entry is via the FOCAL website until the closing date 1st December. Details of each category and advice for entrants can be found at All awards will be presented the evening of the 2nd May 2013 at the glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.

An additional feature during the ceremony day of 2nd May 2013 will be FOCAL International's What Is Restoration? Conference, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI). This will allow some submissions in the Best Restoration/Preservation categories, which have not necessarily been shortlisted, to be featured as case studies, and in some instances to receive separate commendation. The main awards in this, and other categories, will however be presented at the evening awards ceremony.

For full details and the submissions entry form go to

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities at both the Awards ceremony and Restoration/Preservation Conference should contact Anne Johnson at FOCAL International, or +44 (0)20 3178 3535.

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