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NEWSLETTER: FOCAL International, Aug 2015

24 August 2015






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21-25 Sept 2015, London

24 September 2015
Holiday Inn - London Camden Lock - 30, Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY

FOCAL Footage Summer Networking Party
24 September 2015
The Glasshouse - Holiday Inn - London Camden Lock - 30, Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY

25 September 2015
The Glasshouse - Holiday Inn - London Camden Lock - 30, Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY




NB. Raye Farr's Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture 'Moving Images' can now be viewed online





All back copies of Archive Zones journal are also online. If you have an idea for an article please contact the FOCAL International any time.





Dear FOCAL International Members and colleagues and website registered contacts,

We hope you have been enjoying a good summer. Just a reminder that registration is now open for a full diary of events in September – just follow the links below and hurry to get your tickets for the conferences and networking party.


The next FOCAL International Awards Ceremony in association with AP Archive will take place 26th May 2016 at the Lancaster London Hotel. We’ve made some slight changes to the Award categories and the Submission Forms are now open so please get those submissions in now before you get too busy on production schedules!


We are privileged to have enjoyed the support of AP Archive as the main sponsor of the FOCAL International Awards over the past 7 years. The current agreement comes to an end in 2016, so if any company is interested in this fantastic PR opportunity, please ask for the bid proposal information. All bids should be presented by 1st November 2015 and should be for a minimum 3 year period.


Please pass these details on to any colleagues, friends or family who might be interested.

Footage Training Week 21-25 September, 2015

The course gives an introduction to the commercial audio-visual industry from archive to exploitation and is designed for anyone, from anywhere in the world, who needs to know more about the footage industry - image archivists, footage researchers, production managers, producers, directors, archive librarians and anyone wanting to know about this industry - whatever your media background, this is a wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses.

Day 1 of the course at the Imperial War Museum covers the history of film and video technology and includes some hands-on experience using different film formats. Day 2 takes delegates out of town to experience restoration processes in action at Pinewood Studios and then it is back to the fast turnaround world of media management and newsroom workflow at Sky News. Day 3 covers metadata, cataloguing and clip sales at AP Archive and Getty Images.

Copyright Conference 24th Sept

The final two days of the week, which are also part of the full Training Week, can be booked as separate modules and take place at the Holiday Inn in vibrant Camden TOWN. Thursday's module 'Know Your Rights' provides an up to date briefing of the changes to copyright law when using footage and content, including THE HUB, orphan works, and covers third party rights such as artistes, music, sport and formats.

Networking Party 24th Sept

For light relief, the day closes with a fun footage networking party in The Glasshouse overlooking Camden Lock for all FOCAL International members and colleagues to meet and catch-up.

Researching Footage & Content Conference 25th Sept

The week closes with a stimulating and informative session on 'Researching Footage & Content' led by a panel of professional Researchers who 'tell it like it is at the coal face' - from the project briefing, through research, clearance and delivering for the edit. This module can also be booked separately.

Registration for the full week costs £900 + VAT and includes all lunches and light refreshments - places are limited so you do need to register as soon as possible.

The Copyright and Researcher Conferences, which also include refreshments and a hot buffet, can be booked separately and are open to anyone, as is the Networking Party which includes some drinks and canapes. Please check the individual booking forms using the links provided for prices.


REALSCREEN LONDON - Sept 30 and Oct 1
Venue: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.
The second edition of Realscreen London is set to take place September 30 and October 1, at the fabulous London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. Follow link for details.
DISCOUNT TO FOCAL INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS: $599. Apply to for the discount code.

ASSET: Archive Sector Enterprise Training (ASSET) Project - 15-16 Oct
Venue: BECTU Education and Training rooms, London, Clapham Road.
Module 1: Digital Asset Management presented by Pam Fisher, Head of Research and Development BAFTA / Media Institute, UCL. Registration £200 is now open.

Venue: BAFTA. Discount for FOCAL Members TBC

REALSCREEN SUMMIT Jan 31 – 3 Feb 2016
Venue: Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. Discount for FOCAL Members