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2 April 2013


FOCAL International announces the shortlist for its annual footage industry awards, celebrating achievement in the use of stock and archival footage across 18 production categories. Paul Sargent, former Head Curator of the Imperial War Museum, will receive FOCAL International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for the Awards, hosted by television history presenter Dan Snow, to be presented in association with AP Archive on 2nd May 2013, are now available.

London, UK – 4th March 2013 – FOCAL International announced today the shortlist of nominations for the tenth annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. The Awards honour producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production. The FOCAL International Awards, hosted by television history presenter Dan Snow, will be presented in association with AP Archive on the evening of the 2nd May 2013 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. Tickets are available now.

From the Rolling Stones' unparalleled rock and roll journey, to the frenzied rise of the British dance club scene, to the tragedy of the Central Park Five, the films nominated for this year’s FOCAL International Awards showcase a dazzling array of production styles, subject matter, storytelling prowess and, of course, masterful integration of outstanding stock and archival footage.

FOCAL International received a record-setting 224 submissions for its FOCAL International Awards, so “the various juries have had an agonising time deciding on their shortlist of three in each category,” said Julie Lewis, organizer of the awards and FOCAL International’s General Manager. In all, 10 countries are represented in the final nominations, with USA getting 13 nominations, including two from American Experience, and totally dominating the category Best use of Footage in a Production Featuring Music category, usually the preserve of the BBC Music Entertainment department. A full list of all 224 submissions, synopses, and credits can be viewed on the FOCAL website now.

“Our shortlist represents some of the most exciting films made last year,” said Jerry Kuehl, lead juror, “wherein the narrative impact of stock and archival footage is vital to the success of the production. Our judges have really had a tough time this year but when you end up with both Crossfire Hurricane and Under African Skies, for example in one category, on two of the biggest names in rock music, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon - it’ll be an interesting night!”

Paul Sargent, former Head Curator of the Imperial War Museum, will receive FOCAL International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For more than 30 years, Sargent has played a significant role in the British content industry, leading the commercial access team of the Imperial War Museums Film Archive. In his work at the IWM, he promoted the commercial use of the Film Archive collection, skilfully balancing the requirements of commercial users with both needs of film preservation and the wider priorities of the museum. Paul also served on the FOCAL International Executive for many years and initiated significant training programmes. Paul retired from the Imperial War Museum in 2012.

The Awards evening includes a drinks reception, three course meal and after party. Ticket prices start at £90.00 per person for FOCAL International individual members, with tables of 10 available from £1000.00 to £1600.00 (all prices are quoted ex-VAT). For full details, credits, synopses and tickets go to

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. Following on from the What Is Restoration? Conference, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) which is to be held earlier in the day of 2nd May, Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures EVP will receive a new award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation’. Details of the Conference schedule and registrations

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.

The shortlist for the FOCAL International Awards 2013 in association with AP Archive is as follows with synopses and credits on the website:

Best Use of Footage in a History Production
Sponsored by BBC Motion Gallery
- Farewell Comrades! - Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany)
- The Lost World of the Seventies - BBC Productions (UK)
- The Secret Life of Rubbish - Lambent Films (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
Sponsored by ITN Source
- 1/2 Revolution - Globus (Denmark)
- Putin, Russia & The West - Brook Lapping Productions (UK)
- Ukraine - From Democracy to Chaos - Les Films Grain de Sable (France)

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
Sponsored by FremantleMedia Archive
- American Experience: Clinton - Ark Media (USA)
- Booker's Place, A Mississippi Story - Eyepatch Productions (USA)
- The Radharc Squad - Tyrone Productions (Ireland)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production
Sponsor TBC
- Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World – Fresh One (UK)
- Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis - Mansfield Avenue Productions (USA)
- The Great British Workout – BBC (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
Sponsored by The Bridgeman Art Library
- Arena: Dickens on Film - Film London (UK)
- Finding the Footprints - A Look Back at Mise Eire - Colm Bairead Ltd / Midas Productions (Ireland)
- Liv & Ingmar - Painfully connected - NordicStories (Norway)

Best Use of Footage in a Production featuring Music
Sponsored by Getty Images
- Crossfire Hurricane - Tremolo Productions (USA)
- Hava Nagila (The Movie) - Katahdin Productions (USA)
- Under African Skies - (USA)

Best Use of Sports Footage
Sponsored by ITV Sport Archive
- 9.79* - VeryMuchSo Productions (UK)
- American Experience: Jesse Owens - Firelight Media (USA)
- Faster Higher Stronger, Stories of the Olympic Games - BBC Productions Bristol (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production
Sponsored by IMG Media Ltd
- The Beatles Live Project - OVOW Productions, Inc. (USA)
- The Odyssey - The Bureau (UK)
- Witness 20th Anniversary Video - Stalkr (USA)

Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
Sponsor TBC
- Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild - BBC Bristol (UK)
- Built for the Kill: Lion - NHNZ (New Zealand)
- Natural World: Animal House - BBC Natural History Unit (UK)

Best Use of Footage on Digital or non-Television Platforms
Sponsored by Clips & Footage
- From The Sea To The Land Beyond - BFI/British Sea Power/Crossover/SIDFF/Illumina Digital (UK)
- The Arena Hotel - BBC Arena (UK )
- The Opera House Project - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia)

Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release
Sponsor TBC
- From Headlines to 'Tight-Lines' - The Story of ATV Today - (UK)
- Midlands on Film: Nottingham on Film 1920 -1980 - Lincoln School of Media (UK)
- Roll Out the Barrel: the British pub on film - BFI (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release
Sponsored by British Pathé
- London - The Modern Babylon - Nitrate Film (UK)
- The Central Park Five - Florentine Films (USA)
- The House I Live In - Charlotte Street Films (USA)

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project
Sponsor TBC
- David Attenborough's Life on Earth and Trials of Life Series - BBC Worldwide / BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
- Maarten Visser Collection - EYE Film Institute Netherlands / Haghefilm (Netherlands)
- The Silent Hitchcock Project – BFI / Deluxe (UK)

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title
Sponsored by BBC Studios and Post Production
- Lawrence of Arabia - Sony Pictures Entertainment (USA)
- Richard III - The Film Foundation (USA)  together with Janus Films/BFI National Archive/ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd./Museum of Modern Art/Romulus Films/Hollywood Foreign Press Association
- The Pleasure Garden – BFI / Deluxe (UK)

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
Sponsored by AP Archive
- Elspeth Domville (Canada) for Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
- Declan Smith & Masha Oleneva (UK/Russia) for Putin, Russia & The West
- Miriam Walsh (UK) for London - The Modern Babylon
Footage Employee of the Year
Sponsored by Deluxe
- Pauline Russell (UTV)
- Ronny Temme (EYE Film Institute Netherlands)
- Patti Tsarouhis (ABC Content Services)

Footage Library of the Year
Sponsored by Bonded Services Ltd
- Getty Images
- NHNZ Moving Images
- Videoplugger Ltd

Award for Lifetime Achievement
A gift of the FOCAL International Executive
- Paul Sargent

NB. Close runners up in various categories included: Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice, The Sinking of the Concordia: Caught on Camera, The Tall Man, 9/11: The Miracle Survivor, Britain in a Day, France: the Unseen Occupation, Dad Made Dirty Movies, Punk Britannia, The Gentleman Prizefighter, BBC London 2012 Opening Montage, Preston and Its Guild 1902 to 1992. The task of the jury in the Restoration/Preservation categories was no less difficult, however, during the informal lunch at the What Is Restoration? Conference on 2nd May, a number of those who have delivered remarkable work, not necessarily otherwise recognised in the FOCAL International Awards evening ceremony, will receive special commendations for a range of technical achievements.

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The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985. It is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry, with a membership of over 300 international companies and individuals.
Its purpose is to facilitate the use of library footage, images, stills and audio in all forms of media production; promote its members - libraries selling content plus those whose serve the industry; provide a platform for members to promote themselves and their interests; encourage good practise in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage; support, promote and educate on the need to preserve and restore footage and content; act as an information resource for the footage and content industry; offer training in key skills and in the broader appreciation of the footage and content industry.


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