“Night Will Fall,” “Animal Fight Night” up for FOCAL awards

Among the contenders for honors at the upcoming stock footage and archive awards in London are Andre Singer's World War II feature doc (pictured) and Arrow Media's Nat Geo Wild series.
March 11, 2015

FOCAL International has unveiled its shortlist of nominees for the upcoming FOCAL Footage Awards, recognizing the best use of footage and archive across 17 production categories.

Andre Singer’s World War II doc Night Will Fall (pictured) garnered three nominations, including best use of footage in a history production and best use of footage in a cinema release.

As previously announced, Raye Farr, former director of the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, will be honored at the event with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A listing of nominees in various categories, with credits supplied by FOCAL International, is below. The awards ceremony takes place in London on May 12 at the London Landcaster Hotel. For more information, visit FOCAL’s website.

Best Use of Footage in a History Production
‘American Experience’: Freedom Summer – Firelight Films / WGBH Educational Foundation (U.S.)
Night Will Fall - Angel TV Ltd, Spring Films Ltd, Cinephil (UK)
To Die for Warsaw – Point du Jour (France)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production
Paisley: A Life - BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait – Les Films d’Ici (France)
This World: Terror at the Mall – Amos Pictures / BBC (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
Alfred and Jakobine – Start in Morocco Films Ltd (UK)
‘American Experience’: Last Days in Vietnam - Moxie Firecracker Films (U.S.)
Night Will Fall – Angel TV Ltd, Spring Films Ltd, Cinephil (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production
All About Two – BBC Entertainment Production (UK)
Brushing Up On… British Woodlands – BBC Entertainment Production (UK)
Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr. – Rain Media Entertainment (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production
Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines – Leopard Films (UK)
Natan – Screenworks (Ireland)
Regarding Susan Sontag – Question Why Films (U.S.)

Best Use of Footage in a Music Production
‘American Masters’: Bing Crosby Rediscovered – Thirteen Productions LLC (U.S.)
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown – Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films and Inaudible Films (U.S.)
Soul Boys of The Western World – Wellingmax Films (UK)

Best Use of Sports Footage
An Ordinary Hero - BT Sport (UK)
Road - DoubleBand Films Ltd. (UK)
Slaying the Badger - Passion Pictures (UK)

Best Use of Footage on non-Television Platforms
RetroReport: Go or No Go - The Challenger Legacy(website) – Mirror Mirror Productions / Retro Report (U.S.)
Soul Boys Of The Western World (DVD/Bluray)- Wellingmax Films (UK)
The First World War: Life on the Home Front in North West England (DVD/Bluray) – Artnoire Creative Services for North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release
Night Will Fall – Angel TV Ltd, Spring Films Ltd, Cinephil (UK)
Teenage – Cinereach (U.S.)
The Decent One – Realworks (Israel)

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
Gerard Wilkinson (UK) – Still The Enemy Within
Kate Griffiths (UK) – Soul Boys of the Western World
Sarah Strebelow (Israel) – The Decent One

Footage Employee of the Year
Sophia Gorton (ITN Source)
Robin James (BBC Motion Gallery/Getty Images)
Paul Mc Allister (Screenocean)
Lucy Smee (AP Archive)

Footage Library of the Year
Footage Farm
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