FOCAL INTERNATIONAL, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, is calling for entries to its tenth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be presented in association with AP Archive on May 2, 2013 at Lancaster London Hotel.
The FOCAL International Awards celebrate the best use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms and are the leading and most complete set of awards for the footage business in the world today.
Some of the highlights of last year awards are the feature film Senna winning awards in 3 categories plus Rick Prelinger winning the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award for Best Archive Restoration of Melies’ A Trip to The Moon (1902), the most ambitious restoration ever, and the most expensive one (more than half a million dollars for a 15 minute film) that involved labs in France, Holland and USA.
Speaking of the moon, we cannot fail to mention one of our RSSF 2011 Short Films Dust directed by Ben Lavington Martin. Winner of FOCAL’s 2011 award for best use of archive in a short production, Dust tells the story of Astronaut Glenn Gordon, stranded and completely alone on the moon. As radio contact with earth begins to fade along with his oxygen, he begins to reflect on his life and his place in the universe. Dust is a unique and moving piece, composed entirely of unseen NASA footage.
There are 18 award categories, including awards for the best restoration/preservation work.
- Best Use of Footage in a History Production
- Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
- Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
- Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment
- Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
- Best Use of Footage in a Production featuring Music
- Best Use of Sports Footage
- Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production
- Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
- Best Use of Footage on Digital or 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 Employee of the Year
- Footage Library of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement
Details of each category and advice for entrants can be found here
CLOSING DATE 1st December 2012
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.