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John Sergeant to host FOCAL International Awards ceremony 2nd May - Tickets on sale NOW!

20 April 2012

                                         TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2012 
                                                         - High quality shortlist ensures a close competition -


London, UK – 11th April 2012 FOCAL International, the International Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, today announced that tickets are now available for the ninth annual FOCAL International awards in association with AP Archive. The event takes place on 2 May 2012 at The Lancaster London Hotel, and will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant.

The range of subject matter covered by this year’s international nominees is vast, taking attendees on journeys from A Trip to the Moon (France/USA) to 9/11 Emergency Room (Testimony Films, UK), introducing royalty The Boy Who Was a King (Agitprop, Bulgaria) and sporting legends Senna (Universal Pictures/Working Title, UK), and charting historic events from The Troubles in Northern Ireland Bernadette: notes on a political journey (Digital Quilts, Ireland) to Perestroika in the USSR POV: My Perestroika (Red Square Productions, USA). Broadcasters including the BBC, ITN and NBC are also nominated. A full list of nominees can be found at

Julie Lewis, General Manager, FOCAL International, said, “The Awards event is always a joyous occasion, providing a welcome opportunity to meet our peers and celebrate each other’s work. The calibre of this year’s nominees is incredibly high - it’s going to be a close call in many of the categories, which will surely add a further element of excitement to the evening.”

The evening includes a drinks reception, three course meal and after party. Ticket prices start at £85.00 per person for FOCAL International individual members, with tables of 10 available from £920.00 to £1500.00 (all prices are quoted ex-VAT). Full details of prices and booking information can be found at

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities at the event should contact Anne Johnson at FOCAL International, or +44 (0)20 3178 3535.

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The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985. It is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry, with a membership of over 300 international companies and individuals.
Its purpose is to facilitate the use of library footage, images, stills and audio in all forms of media production; promote its members - libraries selling content plus those whose serve the industry; provide a platform for members to promote themselves and their interests; encourage good practise in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage; support, promote and educate on the need to preserve and restore footage and content; act as an information resource for the footage and content industry; offer training in key skills and in the broader appreciation of the footage and content industry.

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