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FOCAL International reveals awards shortlist

Nominees for the 2014 edition of the footage and archive awards show include Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (pictured) and music doc David Bowie: Five Years.
March 5, 2014

FOCAL International has announced its nominees for the 2014 Footage Awards, with Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (pictured), BBC music doc David Bowie: Five Years and Kartemquin Films’ The Trials of Muhammad Ali among the shortlisted projects.

The FOCAL International Footage Awards recognize the best use of stock and archival footage across 18 production categories. This year’s edition will be held on April 30 in London. Organizers say they received a record-setting 239 submissions from 19 countries for this year’s event.

Selected nominees, with credits from FOCAL International, are below. For a full list, visit FOCAL’s site.

Best Use of Footage in a History Production
9/11 Firehouse – Testimony Films (UK)
Before The Revolution - Heymann Brothers Films (Israel)
Silent Balkans – Anemon Productions (Greece)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us – BBC Current Affairs (UK)
The Disappeared – Erica Starling Productions (UK)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Universal Pictures (USA)

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
Arctic Defenders – John Walker Productions Ltd. and Unikkaat Studios Inc. (Canada)
New Life Of Family Album – Evolution Films, s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia – Amnesia Productions (USA)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production
Goodbye Granadaland – ITV Entertainment / Shiver for ITV (UK)
Quality Balls – The David Steinberg Story – The Nightingale Company (Canada)
The Coronation Year in Colour – ITN Productions (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
Arena: The National Theatre – War and Peace – Lone Star Productions (UK)
Bertolucci on Bertolucci – Frenesy Film Company in association with Kimerafilm (Italy)
The Disney of Duivendrecht, a businessman’s idea of an artist – NGN Produkties (The Netherlands)

Best Use of Music Performance Footage
Blues America – Woke Up This Morning – BBC Music TV (UK)
David Bowie – Five Years – BBC Events Production (UK)
Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia – BBC Music TV (UK)

Best Use of Sports Footage
Hunt Vs Lauda: F1′s Greatest Racing Rivals – Lion Television/All3Media, a coproduction with ORF (UK/AUSTRIA)
The Battle of the Sexes – New Black Films (UK)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali – Kartemquin Films & Kat White (USA)

Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
Edward VIII: The Lion King – Tigress Productions (UK)
Edwardian Insects on Film – Mentorn Media (UK)
Wild Cameramen at Work – BBC Scotland (UK)

Best Use of Footage on Digital or non-Television Platforms
Inform Educate Entertain (CD) – Test Card Recordings Ltd / Jacamar Publishing Ltd (UK)
MAKERS (website & TV initiative) www.MAKERS.com – Kunhardt McGee Productions (USA)
Timeline WW2 with Dan Snow (app) – Ballista Media (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release
Fire in the Night – STV Productions/Berriff McGinty Films (UK)
McCullin – Frith Street Films Ltd and British Film Company (UK)
My Fathers, My Mother and Me (Meine keine Familie) – FreibeuterFilm (Austria)

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
Elspeth Domville and Elizabeth Klinck (Canada) – Our Man in Tehran
Javier Botero (USA) – We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
John Smith (UK) – Brushing Up On …; Morecambe and Wise: The Whole Story; The Class of ’92

Footage Employee of the Year
Jennifer M. Baird (CTV News / Bell Media)
Jenny Hammerton (AP Archive)
Wayne Lovell (FremantleMedia Archive)

Footage Library of the Year
AP Archive
Footage Farm
Huntley Film Archives

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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