Last Days in Vietnam, Night Will Fall (pictured) and Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown were among the documentaries to take home awards at FOCAL International’s Gala Awards ceremony in London last night (May 21).
The annual awards – now in its 12th year – recognize producers, directors and other creative media professionals for the use of stock and archival footage across various genres and platforms. The event this year received 265 submissions from across 24 countries.
Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam, which aired on PBS, picked up the award for best use of footage in a factual production, while Nancy Kates’ HBO doc Regarding Susan Sontag won in the arts category. Meanwhile, Alex Gibney‘s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown won best use of footage in a music production.
Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall, about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, won two awards: best use of footage in a history production and in a cinema production.
Researchers David Walsh, Toby Haggith and George Smith of The Imperial War Museum – which has been restoring and completing the work that British media baron Sidney Bernstein started on the German Concentration Camps Factual Survey – also won a surprise Special Award for their work on the film.
The full list of winners is below:
Best Use of Footage in a History Production: Night Will Fall - Spring Films, Angel TV, Cinephil (UK)
Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production: Paisley: A Life - BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production: Last Days in Vietnam - Moxie Firecracker Films/WGBH Educational Foundation (USA)
Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production: Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr - Rain Media Entertainment (UK)
Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production: Regarding Susan Sontag - Question Why Films (USA)
Best Use of Footage in a Music Production: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown - Jigsaw Productions/Jagged Films /Inaudible Films (USA)
Best Use of Sports Footage: An Ordinary Hero - BT Sport (UK)
Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production: Guinness: Irrepressible Spirit - Rogue (UK)
Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage: The Pristine Coast - Juggernaut Pictures (Canada)
Best Use of Footage on Non-Television Platforms: Go or No Go: The Challenger Legacy - Mirror Productions/Retro Report (USA)
Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release: Night Will Fall - Spring Films, Angel TV, Cinephil (UK)
Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project: Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection - Arrow Films/Deluxe Restoration (UK)
Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung (Germany)
The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award: Kate Griffiths (UK) for Soul Boys of the Western World
Footage Employee of the Year: Lucy Smee – AP Archive
Footage Library of the Year: Footage Farm
Special Award: German Concentration Camps Factual Survey - Imperial War Museums (UK)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Raye Farr