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Sony's Grover Crisp to Receive FOCAL Film Restoration Award. Conference tickets on sale now

2 April 2013

Sony Pictures EVP Grover Crisp will receive an award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation’ at the upcoming FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive . Grover Crisp amongst world leaders in their profession to speak at ‘What is Restoration?’ Conference at the British Film Institute. Tickets for the Conference and Awards Ceremony, on 2nd May 2013, are now available.


London, UK – 26th February 2013 – FOCAL International announced today that Grover Crisp, Executive Vice President of Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering at Sony Pictures, has been selected to receive the Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation” at this year’s FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. The Awards honour producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production, as well as those with the skills to restore and preserve it. Following the day long ‘What is Restoration?’ Conference supported by the British Film Institute, the tenth annual FOCAL International Awards will be presented in association with AP Archive the evening of the 2nd May 2013 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. Tickets for the Conference and Awards Gala Ceremony are available now.

Over his long career at Sony Pictures, Grover Crisp has been responsible for overseeing the preservation and restoration of not only well known classics such as Lawrence Of Arabia, Dr Strangelove, From Here To Eternity, On The Waterfront, and Bridge On The River Kwai but many, many, other lesser known titles from Sony Columbia’s back catalogue, and his experience spans both traditional photo-chemical restoration and today’s digital technology.

Mr. Crisp will accept his award at the FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive Gala Ceremony. He will also provide the closing keynote address at FOCAL International's What Is Restoration? Conference, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), an additional feature during the ceremony day of 2nd May 2013. He promises a stimulating and thought-provoking end to the day.

Overall, FOCAL received 18 submissions in the Best Restoration/Preservation categories. The quality and technical achievement of these submissions will be explored, analysed and celebrated throughout the day at the What is Restoration? Conference, to be held at the BFI Southbank . Additionally, panels of experts and speakers active in the field of preservation and restoration will speak on the many different issues facing today’s community of archives, laboratories, facility houses and distributors, exploring some of the technical, ethical and economic problems and compromises that may have to be confronted in the course of completing a restoration. During the informal lunch, a number of those who have delivered remarkable work, not necessarily otherwise recognised in the normal FOCAL International Awards in the Best Restoration/Preservation categories will receive special commendations for a range of technical achievements.

Tickets for the conference, which includes lunch, range from £50 for individuals to £100 (+VAT) for companies with discounts for FOCAL International members.

The Awards evening Gala Ceremony 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 both the Awards ceremony and Restoration/Preservation Conference supported by the British Film Institute should contact Anne Johnson at FOCAL International, or +44 (0)20 3178 3535.