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FOCAL International is dedicated to maintaining a skills bank of people and knowledge to serve the footage industry.
We offer the following:

FOCAL International Personal Development Week (Formerly Annual Footage Training Week
- from archive to exploitation!
A week long course 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 – whatever your media background, learn how to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses. The next course will be held 19th - 23rd September 2016 in London. Registration open SOON.

The Jane Mercer Footage Training Grant
In memory of Jane Mercer, FOCAL International has established the Jane Mercer Footage Training Grant. The bursary is intended to provide assistance to those wishing to further their professional development in the footage industry and its associated areas. Closing date for 2016 applications was 31st January 2016.
Bespoke Training & Other Courses
Several of FOCAL International's consultant members are professional trainers who can provide training to individuals or groups of any size on: Introduction to Film Research, Footage & Stills Copyright Clearance, Archive Management, Third Party Rights, Content delivery, Streaming, encoding & digitisation. To book please contact the FOCAL office on: +44 (0)20 3178 3535 or Alternatively, a number of Industry Partners offer training courses and sometime discounts are available for FOCAL International members.
Associate Membership
FOCAL International offers a special membership category to newcomers who want to develop a career as a content researcher. Membership is available for one year only during which time exisiting Company Members and Individuals are encouraged to make time to aid the Associate in their introduction to the business. For further information please contact the FOCAL office on: +44 (0) 20 3948 1588 or




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