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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - FOCAL International Awards 2012

13 October 2011

- Ninth Annual Awards celebrate the best in the world of footage -

London, UK – 13 October 2011 – FOCAL International, the international Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, is calling for entries for its ninth annual FOCAL International Awards, in association with AP Archive. The Awards celebrate the best use of footage material in a variety of genres, and also recognises the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use this precious resource.

The deadline for entries is 1 December 2011, while the glittering award ceremony will be held on 2 May 2012 at the Lancaster London Hotel in London.

Julie Lewis, General Manager, FOCAL International, said, “The Awards have become an unmissable event in the world of footage. They offer the chance to raise entrants’ profiles amongst the biggest names in the business around the world and to shine a spotlight on the great work being done, both on screen and behind the scenes.”

The Award categories are as follows:

• Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
• Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment or Drama Production
• Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
• Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production featuring Music
• Best Use of Sports Footage
• Best Use of Footage in a Short Production
• Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
• Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms
• Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release
• Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release
• Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project
• Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title
• The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
• Footage Library Employee of the Year
• Footage Library of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement

Details of each category and advice for entrants can be found at

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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.