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Sir Jeremy Isaacs to Present FOCAL International's Footage Awards

7 December 2006


FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses has announced the launch of its call for submissions for the 2007 4th 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.

The FOCAL team is now gearing up to replicate previous year’s successes with a call for submissions of productions which have used library archive and stock footage in an imaginative and innovative way.

The 2007 awards are to be hosted by founding chief executive of Channel 4 Sir Jeremy Isaacs. Widely recognized as one of the most colourful and influential men in British television, Sir Jeremy has worked at the forefront of broadcasting for 45 years.

He edited ITV’s This Week and the BBC’s Panorama, produced the celebrated series, The World At War and was the co-executive producer of CNN's Cold War. He was also Director of Programmes at Thames TV and was subsequently appointed General Director of the Royal Opera House and also started Sky’s Artsworld channel.

Sir Jeremy will be joined by celebrated British film-maker Lord Puttnam, FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons.

The FOCAL International Awards 2007, in association with AP Archive for the 4th consecutive year running will span 15 award categories covering all forms of content creation from factual through to entertainment, sport, natural history, music promos, commercials, full length features and corporate communications aired on any platform or channel.

This year’s 2006 FOCAL International Awards were hosted by Greg Dyke, former Director General of the BBC and was held in May at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The 2006 awards also saw the ever expanding global reach of this industry tribute with first time nominations from China, Finland, Israel and Hungary, representing a total 10 per cent increase on the previous year’s submissions with the UK, France, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy and Canada accounting for most.
Highlights from the 2006 winners emphasised the diversity of genres recognised with Israel & the Arabs: Elusive Peace by Brook Lapping winning the Award for Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production.
Then, A Very British Olympics from the BBC came away with the Award for Best Use of Footage in a History Factual Production and American Masters/Arena’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan scooped the Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment, Arts or Drama Production, and Good Night and Good Luck won the Award for Best Use of Footage in a Feature Film.
As well as finished productions, the awards also pay tribute to the invaluable skills of professionals within the field with the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection (1900-1913) Restoration by BFI which won the Award for Best Archive Restoration or Preservation Project.

Lord Puttnam said, "I have long been a supporter of the footage archives, the skills that help make effective use of it and the contribution they make to the creative media. We sincerely hope that acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the footage industry will draw even more attention to this vital element of the creative processes at work in audio visual production.’

To enter submissions to the FOCAL International Awards which have used footage and have been shown in 2006, go to
Closing date 31 December, 2006.

For full 15 category listing:

About FOCAL International:

The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International Ltd, is a not-for-profit professional trade association providing excellent networking and marketing opportunities for content industry professionals and giving users easy access to over 350 members worldwide:

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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