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Focal International Announces Shortlist for 2016 Awards


The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International (FOCAL International) has announced the shortlist of the award candidates for this year's edition of the Focal Footage awards. Among the selected films are high-profile documentary films released around the world in 2015. The awards recognize the work of producers, directors, researchers and other professionals who demonstrated excellence in use and preservation of stock and archival footage in 16 production categories.

Still from "Every Face Has a Name"
by Auto Images, Sweden

The FOCAL International Awards celebrate the best use of footage across all variety of genres and media platforms, as well as those who preserve, restore and ensure that archival footage remains a vital resource to the global production community. Sixteen awards will be presented in total, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, won this year by renowned film preservationist Robert Gitt. This year’s finalists were drawn from a large, diverse and international pool of nominees, with a strong showing from the United States and Europe. The United States is also well represented in the Footage Researcher of the Year nominations and this was from a very strong field of 12 entries in that category. “We are delighted with both the international turnout and the prevalence in this year’s shortlist of so many highly-acclaimed archive-based films such as Amy, Cobain and Best of Enemies,” said event organizer Julie Lewis.

Selection of categories incl. productions nominated for the FOCAL International Awards:

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production | Sponsored by Bridgeman Footage
- Best of Enemies - Magnolia Pictures (USA)
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Firelight Films, Inc (USA)
- The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor - DeepFocus Productions, Inc (USA)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release | Sponsored by British Pathé
- Amy - On The Corner (UK)
- Cobain: Montage of Heck - End of Movie, LLC (USA)
- Free to Run - Yuzu Productions (France) Point Prod (Switzerland) and Eklektik Productions (Belgium)

Best Use of Footage in a History Production | Sponsored by Getty Images / BBC Motion Gallery
- A German Youth (Une Jeunesse Allemande) – Local Films (France)
- Every Face Has a Name - Auto Images (Sweden)
- Red Gold (L'Or Rouge) - Vivement Lundi ! (France)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production | Sponsored by Bloomberg Content Service
- Clockwork Climate - Artline Films (France)
- India's Daughter - Assassin Films (UK)
- The Queen of Ireland - Blinder Films (Ireland)

Best use of Footage about the Natural World
- Beasts Behaving Badly - Barcroft Productions (UK)
- The Nature of Things: Jellyfish Rule! - CBC (Canada)
- Wild 24 - NHNZ / Nat Geo Wild (New Zealand)

Best Use of Footage on non-Television Platforms
- Bitter Lake - BBC Productions (UK)
- Britain on Film - BFI (UK)
- The Beatles 1+ Video Collection - Apple Corps Limited (UK)

The full list of nominees can be found here.


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.

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