“Senna” the big winner at FOCAL Awards

The Asif Kapadia-directed feature doc snagged three awards at last night's ceremony in London, honoring outstanding use of archive material. (Pictured: Senna archive producer Paul Bell and Asif Kapadia)
May 3, 2012

The awards onslaught continues for Asif Kapadia’s Senna, with the Working Title/Universal Pictures feature grabbing three honors at the FOCAL International Awards, held in London last night.

The film was recognized for best use of sports footage and best use of footage in a cinema release, and was also given a special award to honor its footage research team, led by Paul Bell (left, with Kapadia).

As previously reported, the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Rick Prelinger, and the Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year award went to Denis Karam from Zig Zag Productions.

“With more than 180 submissions from 18 countries the judges had a difficult task on their hands,” said FOCAL International chair Sue Malden. “The winners – from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands – all demonstrated outstanding use of archive material, and highlighted the importance of preserving film in order to remind us of our collective history.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production

Blacks of France from 1889 to today (Noirs de France) – Compagnie Phares et Balises (France)

Entertaining the Troops – BBC Entertainment (UK)

The Loving Story – Augusta Films, LLC (U.S.)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment or Drama Production

Night on Film: An A-Z of the Dark – BBC Entertainment (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

The Camera That Changed the World – Lambent Productions (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production featuring Music

Harry Belafonte – Sing your Song – S2BN Belafonte Production (U.S.)

Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage

Broken Tail – Crossing the Line Films (Ireland)

Best Use of Sports Footage

Senna – Working Title/Universal Pictures (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Short Production

Liquidator – EYE Film Institute (Netherlands)

Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms

Farewell Comrades! Interactive – Artline Films/Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (France/Germany)

Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release

Rosie Newman’s Britain at War in Colour – Imperial War Museums Film Archive (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release

Senna – Working Title/Universal Pictures (UK)

Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Project

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

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year

Denis Karam, Zig Zag Productions

Footage Library Employee of the Year

Paul McAllister – Screenocean

Footage Library of the Year

British Pathé

Special Award – Footage Research Team

Senna (Working Title/Universal Pictures – UK)

Lifetime Achievement

Rick Prelinger

Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title

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/U.S.)


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