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“Crossfire Hurricane,” “Modern Babylon” claim FOCAL awards

The 10th annual FOCAL International Awards saw trophies handed out to Crossfire Hurricane (pictured) and two David Attenborough-fronted programs last night (May 2) in London.
May 3, 2013

The 10th annual FOCAL International Awards saw trophies handed out to Crossfire Hurricane and two David Attenborough-fronted programs last night (May 2) in London.

The awards, presented in association with AP Archive, were given out to producers and filmmakers who used library footage in a documentary, feature film or other form of production, across 18 production categories. FOCAL had a record 224 submissions from 18 countries.

Tremelo Productions’ Crossfire Hurricane, the Brett Morgen-directed doc on the Rolling Stones (pictured above), picked up the prize for best use of footage in a production featuring music, while the FOCAL award for digital or non-television platforms went to From The Sea to the Land Beyond.

Multiple award winners included BBC projects with David Attenborough, and London – The Modern Babylon.

Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild took the best use of wildlife and natural history footage award, while David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and Trials of Life series won the best archive restoration/preservation project award.

London – The Modern Babylon won the best use of footage in a cinema release, and Miriam Walsh won the Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year award for her work on the Julien Temple doc.

Footage awards in history, factual and entertainment went to The Secret Life of Rubbish from Lambent Films, Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story from Eyepatch Productions, and the BBC’s The Great British Workout, respectively.

Paul Sargent, former head curator of the Imperial War Museum, received FOCAL International’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while the honor of footage library of the year went to Getty Images.

The full list of award winners can be found here.

“All the winning films deserve individual mention,” said FOCAL’s Julie Lewis. “That said, some of the stand-out projects at this year’s awards included Crossfire Hurricane from Tremolo Productions, which truly captured the Rolling Stones’ unparalleled rock and roll journey; Julien Temple’s London – The Modern Babylon; and Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story from Eyepatch Productions.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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