10 August 2004
Celebrated British filmmaker Lord David Puttnam will present FOCAL International’s 2005 archive awards. It will be the second year for the awards, which celebrate the use of footage by producers and recognise achievements within the archive industry.
"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," commented Puttnam, "So it gives me great pleasure to be able to support the industry, and its representative body FOCAL International, in this way."
For 2005 the FOCAL Awards will be held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on May 9, and will include a dinner as well as the presentation ceremony. FOCAL Chair Jane Mercer said the awards categories had been refined and expanded to acknowledge the many areas where archive footage was being used.
“Following the success of the first FOCAL Awards held in 2004 we are delighted to be inviting the footage community once again to honour its own – the professional researchers who access the material, the technicians who care for its physical maintenance and the producers who use it in such a variety of exciting, moving and stimulating ways.
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.”
Another change to the 2005 Awards will be the use of selection juries made up of leading members of the archive and production industries. They will narrow down the very best nominations before voting by the entire FOCAL membership. The closing date for entries is January 7 2005.
The 16 award categories are:
Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
Best Use of Footage in a History Factual Production
Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment, Arts or Drama Production
Best Use of Footage in a Clip Based Entertainment Production
Best Use of Footage in a Wildlife/Natural History Production
Best Use of Footage in a Sport Production
Best Use of Footage in an Advertisement
Best Use of Footage in a Pop Music Video
Best Use of Footage in a Corporate Production
Best Use of Footage in a Feature Film
Best Use of Footage in Electronic Publishing
Award for Archive Restoration or Preservation Project
Award for Post Production Work on an Archive-based Production
Footage Researcher of the Year
Footage Library of the Year
Award for Lifetime Achievement
Entry is free of charge and applications need to be completed online at http://www.focalint.org/focalawards.htm where full details are also available. The awards will be supported by leading companies and anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Anne Johnson or Julie Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)20 8423 5853