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14 October 2014


The FOCAL International Awards, presented in association with AP Archive, celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms plus its restoration. Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production over the last year are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Awards for best archive researcher, library and restoration work are also up for grabs. Entries in all 16 categories are due by December 1, 2014.

London, UK – 8th October 2014 – FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, launches its call for submissions to the twelfth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be presented in association with AP Archive on 21 May, 2015. The deadline for creative professionals worldwide to submit their 'best use of footage' or 'best restoration work', premiered in 2014, is 1st December, 2014.

The FOCAL International Awards continue to be the leading and most complete set of awards for the global footage business showcasing the contribution made to the global production industry by archivists, film libraries, researchers and technicians, as well as the work done to restore and preserve these irreplaceable assets. From high profile former winners like Martin Scorsese, Alex Gibney, Serge Bromberg, Julien Temple, Vladimir Opela and Rick Prelinger, to lesser known but worthy producers from around the world, the broad list of award categories ensures that the power and impact of filmmaking in all its varied forms, as well as the critical role of library archive and stock footage in the creative process is acknowledged.

“We're expecting another bumper crop of excellent award submissions” said organiser Julie Lewis, FOCAL International’s General Manager, “and now that more companies are geared up to file delivery of their productions, we expect the process to be streamlined, enabling our jurors to enjoy the best quality visuals online.”

Alwyn Lindsey, Director of International Archives, AP Archive commented, “The FOCAL International Awards are instrumental in highlighting the importance of archive footage to producers, while allowing archives to celebrate the incredible creativity that producers apply to our footage. These Awards are unique in giving archive footage a wonderful platform and this is why we are proud to be the main sponsor.”

All awards will be presented the evening of the 21 May 2015 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. The qualifying period is productions premiered in 2014 and entry is via the FOCAL website until the closing date 1st December 2014.

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 Music Production
• Best Use of Sports Footage
• Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
• Best Use of Footage on Digital or Non-television Platforms
• 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

For full details and the submissions entry form go to

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


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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.