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“We Steal Secrets,” Bowie doc take FOCAL awards

Alex Gibney's look at WikiLeaks (pictured), the BBC's career-spanning David Bowie doc Five Years, and Kartemquin Films' The Trials of Muhammad Ali are among the winners of the annual FOCAL International Awards, recognizing the best use of archival footage in productions.
May 1, 2014

Alex Gibney’s look at WikiLeaks (pictured), the BBC’s career-spanning David Bowie doc Five Years, and Kartemquin Films’ The Trials of Muhammad Ali are among the winners of the annual FOCAL International Awards, recognizing the best use of archival footage in productions.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks grabbed the honor for best use of footage in a current affairs production. Other American projects recognized during the April 30 ceremony in London included Makers: The Women Who Make America, the multi-platform doc initiative that aired on PBS and took the prize for best use of footage on digital or non-television platforms; and Kartemquin’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel, which was honored for best use of sports footage.

UK winners included the BBC for best use of music performance footage via David Bowie – Five Years; Mentorn Media for best use of natural history and wildlife footage in Edwardian Insects on Film for BBC4; and the documentary McCullin, directed by David and Jackie Morris and focusing on photojournalist Don McCullin, which took the award for best use of footage in a cinema release.

The full list of winners, with credits supplied by FOCAL International, is as follows:

Best Use of Footage in a History Production: Silent Balkans – Anemon Productions (Greece)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
: We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Universal Pictures (USA)

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production: New Life of Family Album – Evolution Films (Czech Republic)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production: Goodbye Granadaland – ITV Entertainment / Shiver for ITV (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production: Arena: The National Theatre – War and Peace - Lone Star Productions (UK)

Best Use of Music Performance Footage: David Bowie – Five Years - BBC Events Production (UK)

Best Use of Sports Footage: The Trials of Muhammad Ali - Kartemquin Films & Kat White (USA)

Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production:A Film Never Made – Alchemy Films in association with University of Wisconsin (UK/USA)

Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage: Edwardian Insects on Film – Mentorn Media (UK)

Best Use of Footage on Digital or non-Television Platforms: MAKERS (website & TV initiative) – Kunhardt McGee Productions (USA)

Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release: Britain’s Railways – The Home Front War Years 1939-45 – Strike Force Entertainment Ltd (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release: McCullin – Frith Street Films Ltd and British Film Company (UK)

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title: Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag) (1975) – The Film Foundation/World Cinema Project and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (Philippines).
Restoration works carried out at: Cineteca di Bologna / L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with LVN, Cinema Artists Philippines and Mike de Leon.

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project: AP Archive Digitization – AP Archive (UK).
Restoration / Preservation Work by: Prime Focus Technologies.

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award: John Smith (UK) – Brushing Up On …; Morecambe and Wise: The Whole Story; The Class of ’92

Footage Employee of the Year: Jenny Hammerton (AP Archive)

Footage Library of the Year: AP Archive

Lifetime Achievement Award: Vladimir Opela

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