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“Amy”, “Black Panthers” honored at FOCAL Awards

The Oscar-winning documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse took two prizes at the 13th annual FOCAL International Awards, recognizing the best use of footage across platforms, and the researchers and archivists behind it.
May 31, 2016

Amy, Asif Kapadia‘s Oscar-winning documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse, took two awards at the 13th annual FOCAL International Awards, recognizing the best use of footage across platforms, and the researchers and archivists behind it.

Amy and its prodco, On the Corner Films, took the prizes for best use of footage in a music production as well as best use of footage in a cinema release.

Two other music projects were featured in the winners list for the awards ceremony, which took place on May 26 in London, England. Julien Temple’s Imagine: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, about the guitarist of UK “pub rock” legends Dr. Feelgood, took the award for best use of footage in an arts production for producers Essential Arts Entertainment, Nitrate Films and the BBC. The Kinks’ Ray Davies, also a patron of London’s Screen Archives, presented the award.

Meanwhile, the honor for best use of footage on non-television platforms went to Apple Corps Limited for its Beatles 1+ Video Collection.

Jessica Berman-Bogdan took the Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year award, primarily for her work in Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Stanley Nelson‘s Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, produced by Firelight Films, claimed the prize for best use of footage in a factual production. Meanwhile, Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s Best of Enemies, from Tremolo Productions and Magnolia Pictures, took the award for best use of footage in an entertainment production.

The prize for best use of footage about the natural world went to CBC strand ‘The Nature of Things’ for its Jellyfish Rule! doc. The award for best use of footage in a history production went to Every Face Has a Name from Sweden’s Auto Images, while the best use of sports footage honor went to the film Free to Run, from France’s Yuzu Productions, Switzerland’s Point Productions and Belgium’s Eklektik Productions.

For more information on the FOCAL International awards, visit FOCAL’s website.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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