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FOCAL International announce final nominations for prestigious footage awards ceremony

11 March 2009

LONDON 5th MAY, 2009

FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses is pleased to announce the final nominations for the 2009 FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive.

These accolades represent the only global competition dedicated to the celebration of the use of footage by producers together with the recognition of achievements of professionals within the archive industry.

Over 180 submissions from 14 countries were competing for this year’s FOCAL International Awards spanning 15 categories designed to recognise productions which have used library archive and stock footage in an imaginative and innovative way. Further awards will go to the best archive restoration work, the best footage library and researcher, plus the annual Lifetime Achievement Award, acknowledging the professionals who preserve, restore, catalogue, access and facilitate the use of footage.

The Awards Jury comprising more than 40 industry professionals based in the UK, France and Canada was led by Jerry Kuehl, a previous FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Awards winner and veteran history producer.

The short-listed nominations, representing productions from the UK, Canada, Australia, France, and USA, cover the use of archive in all forms of content creation from factual through to entertainment, the arts, sport, natural history, commercials, full length features, training and corporate communications aired on any platform or channel. .

“The annual FOCAL International Awards are now acknowledged to be the world’s leading event to promote and reward the best use of footage in the creative media and the professionals who make it possible,” commented FOCAL’s Chair Sue Malden.

“We are all very excited to see such strong field of productions in contention. Will Man on Wire receive yet another gong? Will Kuiv Productions from France win a Factual award for a second year running with their documentary ‘68 or will the BBC sweep the board? Shine Ltd have two titles shortlisted in the Entertainment category whilst programmes about Phil Spector, Johnny Cash and Vaughan Williams are amongst those vying for the winning spot in the Arts and Music category.”

Celebrated British film-maker Lord Puttnam, FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons will host the awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, 5th May in London.

Lord Puttnam said, “I have long been a supporter of the footage archives, the skills that help make effective use of it and the creative contribution they make to audio visual production. I am looking forward to meeting this year’s nominees.”

Tickets for the gala dinner and awards ceremony, marking the highlight of the footage industry calendar, go on sale immediately.
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Notes to Editors:

The full list of submissions and final nominations with comprehensive details and supporting text can be accessed on the FOCAL website at

A Summary of the nominations for the FOCAL International Awards 2009 in association with AP Archive can be found below:

Awards for Best Use of Footage in Factual Productions (3 separate Awards will be presented)

Sponsored by INA + BBC Motion Gallery

68 - Kuiv Productions (France)
102 Minutes that Changed America - Siskel Jacobs Productions (USA)
British Style Genius – BBC (UK)
Menzies and Churchill at War – Screen Australia (Australia)
Nation on Film: British Transport Films - BBC Television English Regions (UK)
The Day the Troubles Began - Below the Radar (UK)
The Lost World of Tibet – BBC (UK)
The Night James Brown Saved Boston - David Leaf Productions (USA)
The Unseen Alistair Cooke - BBC Bristol Factual (UK)

Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

Sponsored by Fremantlemedia Archive Sales

Almost Famous - BBC Entertainment & Events (UK)
Comedy Songs - Shine Ltd (UK)
The Great British Sunday - BBC Entertainment & Events (UK)
The Most Annoying Couples - Shine Ltd (UK)

Award for Best Use of Footage in an Arts, Music or Drama Production

Sponsorship available!

Arena: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector - Vixpix /BBC Arena (UK)
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - Northern Light Productions (USA)
O, Thou Transcendent - Isolde Films (UK)
The Thirties in Colour - BBC Vision - Factual – Arts (UK)

Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Stock Footage

Sponsored by Framepool

Arena: The Whale in the Museum - Lone Star Productions (UK)
Clever Monkeys - BBC Natural History Unit (UK)
Sam & Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster - CBBC – BBC Natural History Unit (UK)

Award for Best Use of Sports Footage

Sponsored by ITV Sport

Black Power Salute - Tigerlily Films Ltd. (UK)
Graham Hill - Driven - Mark Stewart Productions (UK)
Thriller in Manila - Darlow Smithson Productions (UK)

Award for Best Use of Footage in an Advertisement or Corporate Production

Sponsorship available!

EDF (ad campaign series) - EURO RSCG (UK)
NIKE: Bottled Courage (advert) - Radical Media / Stalkr (
NOKIA: Days (advert) - Jack Morton Worldwide (UK)

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Short Production

Sponsorship available!

Britain Recut -Mosaic Films/BFI (UK)
Coldplay: Violet Hill (music video) – Between The Eyes Ltd (UK)
Jay-Z (intro film at Glastonbury Festival) - Princess Productions (UK)

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Training or Education Production

Sponsorship available!

Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict - Gecko Productions / Junction 15 (UK)
Couleurs d'Europe – INA (France)
Mysteries in the archives – INA (France)

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Feature Length Production

Sponsorship available!

Man on Wire - Icon Film Distribution (UK)
Of Time and the City - Hurricane Films Ltd (UK)
The Memories of Angels - National Film Board of Canada (Canada)

Award for Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms

Sponsorship available!

CBC/Radio-Canada Digital Archives (website) – CBC / la société Radio-Canada (Canada)
The Battle of the Somme (DVD release) - Imperial War Museum / Strike Force Entertainment (UK)
The Four Tops: Reach Out (DVD release) - Historic Music Archive, Inc.(USA)
WildFilmHistory (website) – Wildscreen (UK)

Award for Archive Restoration or Preservation Project

Sponsored by BBC Post Production

David Lean Project - British Film Institute National Archive / ITV Global Entertainment (UK)
Memoirs of a Pit Orchestra - National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (UK)
Restoration of Kinora reels from circa 1911 - The R&A Archive / Blue Post Production (UK)

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

Sponsored by AP Archive

Award for Footage Library of the Year Sponsorship available!

Award for Footage Library Person of the Year Sponsorship available!

Award for Lifetime Achievement

The individual winners of these final 4 categories will be announced at the Awards ceremony 5 May, 2009.

Celebrated British film-maker Lord Puttnam, FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons will host the awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, 5th May in London.
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About FOCAL International:

The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International Ltd, is a not-for-profit professional trade association for content industry professionals:

FOOTAGE LIBRARIES selling clips, archive, footage, stock shots, stills, audio FOOTAGE RESEARCHERS with the professional skills to find and deliver the material, on time, within budget, rights cleared FOOTAGE CONSULTANTS to advise on content management solutions and use of valuable library assets FACILITIES with the technical equipment and expertise to store, restore or deliver the material on any format MEDIA LAWYERS specialising in media and copyright issues. Use FOOTAGE FINDER, RESEARCHER FINDER and FACILITY FINDER – FREE services giving fast easy access to footage and its professionals.


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