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FOCAL Tackles Producers Concerns at Sunny Side of the Doc

1 July 2004

Ever heard a Producer express negative thoughts about library footage such as:"It's too expensive, it takes too long, the research is difficult, it's too complicated technically and legally" and used these notions as an excuse for not using library footage?

A panel of footage archive representatives set out to counter all of these claims in the FOCAL seminar at Sunny side of the Doc entitled "Me? I Never Use Archive Material"?


From the Palais du Pharo overlooking Marseille's old port, Sunny Side of the Doc enjoys one of the most stunning locations of any documentary fair. Providing the Mistral is not blowing a storm, the terrace is the best place to conduct business!

Amongst those representing members of FOCAL France at the event were: Catherine Shepard of Film Images, Paris and Manuela Padoan of Gaumont-Pathé Archives(left) and Jean-François Renac of SFRS (right). Representing APTN was Véronique Foucault and from Moving Image Communications Nathalie Banaigs (in the middle).

New to FOCAL France and joining the panel of speakers was Anne Saint Dreux of Maison de la Pub (left), a library holding predominantly advertisements, but also now representing National Geographic TV & Film Library in French speaking territories.

Anne Saint Dreux, together with Véronique Foucault of APTN, Nathalie Banaigs of Moving Image Communications and Cyril Lollivier of Gaumont-Pathé Archives went through a number of key themes to illustrate that, if tackled in the right way, library stock and archive footage is neither too expensive, nor too difficult to access and handle.


 Manuela Padoan (left), Director of Gaumont-Pathé Archives, kindly sponsored the reception after the panel      discussion.



 Although the event clashed with a visit by the French Culture Minister to another part of the festival, it was  good to see a number of influential people from the production business in France attending.



 Catherine Shepard of Film Images, Paris with delegates at the reception sponsored by Gaumont-Pathé  Archives



 Cyril Lollivier, Director of Commercial Development for Gaumont-Pathé Archives with Annie Beljean, Head of  Sales for Television Suisse-Romande, TSR.



 FOCAL's administrative staff, Anne Johnson and Julie Lewis, were glad of a little help from their French  colleagues in chatting with prospective footage users and potential new members.


Details of all these companies and those mentioned above, plus the services they offer, can be found on the FOCAL web Directory and also, in the latest FOCAL International Members Directory 2004-05.


Anne Johnson or Julie Lewis
Tel: +44 (0)20 8423 5853