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FOCAL International Receives Record-Setting Submissions for Footage industry Awards. Tickets on Sale Now!

14 February 2013

FOCAL International Receives Record-Setting Submissions for Footage industry Awards – Tickets on Sale Now!

FOCAL International receives 224 Submissions for its 10th annual footage industry awards, celebrating achievement in the use and restoration of stock and archival footage across 18 production categories. Tickets for the Awards, to be presented in association with AP Archive on 2nd May 2013, are now available.

London, UK – 14 February 2013 – FOCAL International announced today that it had received a record-setting 224 submissions for its 10th FOCAL International Awards, which honours producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production plus those with the skills to restore and preserve it. The FOCAL International Awards will be presented in association with AP Archive on the evening of the 2nd May 2013 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. Tickets are available now.

Over the last ten years, the FOCAL International Awards has risen to prominence in the world of stock and archival footage, as well as in the international production community at large. Submissions for this year’s awards came in from 18 countries across 18 award categories. A full list of all 224 submissions, synopses, and credits can be viewed on the FOCAL International website now.

“We’re thrilled with both the quantity and quality of this years award submissions,” said Julie Lewis, organizer of the awards and FOCAL International’s General Manager. “As a result, the various juries have had an agonising time deciding on their shortlist of three in each category. We will be announcing the final nominations at the beginning of March and then we look forward to the Awards ceremony on 2nd May which promises to be very exciting.”

The Awards evening includes a drinks reception, three course meal and after party. Ticket prices start at £90.00 per person for FOCAL International individual members, with tables of 10 available from £1000.00 to £1600.00 (all prices are quoted ex-VAT). Full details of prices and booking information can be found HERE!

In addition to awards recognizing achievement in a wide variety of production categories, awards for restorations of the world’s film and video archive heritage are also up for grabs, as are commendations for the skilled researchers, archivists, libraries and as always a Lifetime Achievement Award.

An additional feature during the ceremony day of 2nd May 2013 will be FOCAL International's What Is Restoration? Conference, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI). This will allow some submissions in the Best Restoration/Preservation categories, which have not necessarily been shortlisted, to be featured as case studies, and in some instances to receive separate commendation. The main awards in this, and other categories, will however be presented at the main awards ceremony.
Tickets to What Is Restoration? Conference can be found HERE!

For full details and the submissions go to

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities at both the Awards ceremony and Restoration/Preservation Conference 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.