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FOCAL International announces list of nominees, Senna receiving 3 nominations

Ninth Annual Awards celebrate the best in the world of footage

FOCAL International, the international Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has now announced the shortlist of nominations for the ninth annual FOCAL International awards in association with AP Archive. The nominations are diverse in terms of both geography and subject matter with projects telling stories that range from politics and war to F1 racing and football.


The BAFTA-winning documentary Senna (Universal Pictures/Working Title (UK)) has been nominated in three categories, while Queen - Days of Our Lives (Globe Productions (UK)) has been nominated in two categories. BBC Entertainment dominates the category Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment or Drama Production, and there are strong contenders from France and the Netherlands in the Restoration categories and also in the category Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms.


"We've had a wonderful response for this year's awards, with more than 180 submissions from 18 countries; from Lebanon, Martinique and Thailand as well as across Western and Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia," said Julie Lewis, General Manager, FOCAL International. "The quality of entries is exceptionally high, giving the judges an unenviable task to choose between them."


The winners will be revealed at the gala award ceremony on 2 May 2012 at the Lancaster London Hotel. The FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive, now in their ninth year, celebrate the best use of archive footage material in a variety of genres, and also recognise the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use this precious resource. Tickets for the award ceremony are now on sale at 


The shortlist for the FOCAL International Awards 2012 in association with AP Archive is as follows:

Award for Best Use of Footage in Factual Productions

Note: Due to the overwhelming number of submissions in the Factual category, three separate awards of equal standing are awarded annually in this category.

Sponsored by BBC Motion Gallery, Fremantlemedia Archive, ITN Source

9/11 Emergency Room - Testimony Films (UK)

Bernadette: notes on a political journey - Digital Quilts (Ireland)

Blacks of France From 1889 to today (Noirs de France) - Compagnie Phares et Balises (France)

Entertaining the Troops - BBC Entertainment (UK)

Lost and Found: Nazi Wolframite - SIC - Sociedade Independente de Comunicação (Portugal)

POV: My Perestroika - Red Square Productions (USA)

The Boy Who Was a King - Agitprop (Bulgaria)

The Loving Story - Augusta Films, LLC (USA)

Timeshift: All the Fun of the Fair - BBC       (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment or Drama Production

Night On Film: An A-Z Of The Dark - BBC Entertainment (UK)

The Story of Variety with Michael Grade - BBC Entertainment (UK)

The Toys That Made Christmas - BBC Entertainment (UK)

Best Use Of Footage in an Arts Production

Eames: The Architect and the Painter - Bread and Butter Films & Quest Productions (USA)

Hollywood Invasion - NBC Universal Global Networks Italia (Italy)

The Camera That Changed the World - Lambent Productions Ltd(UK) 

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production featuring Music
Sponsored by Getty Images


Queen - Days of Our Lives - Globe Productions (UK)

Sing Your Song          - S2BN Belafonte Production (USA)

The Godmother of Rock & Roll - Antelope South Limited (UK) 


Award for Best Use of Sports Footage

Sponsored by ITV Sport Archive

 Mighty Jerome - National Film Board of Canada - NFB (Canada)

Senna - Universal Pictures/Working Title (UK)

The Bert Trautmann Story - Testimony Films (UK) 


Award for Best Use of Footage in a Short Production  

Liquidator (short film) - Doing Film (Netherlands)

Save The Children 'No Child Born to Die' (advert) - STALKR (UK)

The Magic Loungeabout (music festival viral) - Archive Oracle Productions (UK) 


Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Stock FootageSponsored by Framepool


Broken Tail - Crossing the Line Films (Ireland)

Brutal Killers - The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Netherlands)

Deadly 360 - BBC Natural History Unit (UK)



Award for Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms

Sponsored by Clips & Footage


EUscreen: Discover Europe's Television Heritage - Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Netherlands)

Farewell Comrades! Interactive - Artline Films (France)

Film in Nederland - EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Netherlands)

Award for Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release

Rosie Newman's Britain at War in Colour - Imperial War Museum (UK)

Senna - Universal Pictures/Working Title (UK)

The Persuaders - The Complete Series - BBC/Network Distributing Ltd (UK)



Award for Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release

Sponsored by British Pathe


Queen - Days of Our Lives - Globe Productions (UK)

Senna - Universal Pictures/Working Title (UK)

The Extraordinary Voyage - Steamboat Films (France)



Award for Best Archive Restoration Project

Sponsored by BBC Studios & Post Production


Desmet Collection - EYE Film Institute Netherlands/Haghefilm Laboratories (Netherlands)

ITN Digital Archive - ITN Source/Deluxe 142 (UK)

Tales from the Shipyard (This Working Life) - BFI National Archive (UK)

Award for Best Archive Restoration Title 

Sponsored by ERA/FOR.A


A Trip to the Moon (1902) (Colour version) - Lobster Films / Technicolor Foundation for Film Heritage / Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema in association with Archives Françaises du Film and M. Malthête Méliès (France/USA)

Shoes (1916) - EYE Film Institute Netherlands/Haghefilm Conservation B.V. (Netherlands)

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) (1921) - Alpha-Omega Digital, George Eastman House, Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv, Filmmuseum Munich, ARTE/ZDF (Germany/USA)



The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

Sponsored by AP Archive

Denis Karam, Zig Zag Productions

Award for Footage Library of the Year


AP Archive

British Pathe

Journeyman Pictures



Award for Footage Library Person of the Year

Sponsored by Deluxe Soho


Obi Adumekwe, AP Archive

Paul McAllister, Screenocean Ltd.

Serena Sharp, Clips & Footage

Eric Simon, Getty Images



Award for Lifetime Achievement

Rick Prelinger


Tickets for the gala awards ceremony on 2 May are now on sale at 

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