“Crossfire Hurricane,” “Central Park Five” up for FOCAL awards

The two films join other projects in the shortlist for the FOCAL International Awards, which celebrate achivement in the use of archival and stock footage across 18 categories. (Pictured: The Central Park Five)
March 4, 2013

Crossfire Hurricane, The Central Park Five, Farewell Comrades! and two productions from PBS’ ‘American Experience’ are among the nominees for this year’s FOCAL International Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by UK history television presenter Dan Snow, recognizes achievement in the use of archive and stock footage across 18 categories, and takes place in London on May 2.

This year, the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Paul Sargent, former head curator of Britain’s Imperial War Museum. Prior to his retirement from the museum in 2012, Sargent led the commercial access team of its film archive collection. He’d also served on the FOCAL International executive body for many years and initiated several programs for the footage organization.

The shortlist for this year’s FOCAL International Awards follows. For more information, click here:

Best Use of Footage in a History Production

Sponsored by BBC Motion Gallery

Farewell Comrades! – Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany)

The Lost World of the Seventies – BBC Productions (UK)

The Secret Life of Rubbish – Lambent Films (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production

Sponsored by ITN Source

1/2 Revolution – Globus (Denmark)

Putin, Russia & The West – Brook Lapping Productions (UK)

Ukraine – From Democracy to Chaos – Les Films Grain de Sable (France)

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production

Sponsored by FremantleMedia Archive Sales

– ‘American Experience’: Clinton – Ark Media (USA)

Booker’s Place, A Mississippi Story – Eyepatch Productions (USA)

The Radharc Squad – Tyrone Productions (Ireland)

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World – Fresh One (UK)

Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis – Mansfield Avenue Productions (USA)

The Great British Workout – BBC (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

Sponsored by The Bridgeman Art Library

– ‘Arena’: Dickens on Film – Film London (UK)

Finding the Footprints – A Look Back at Mise Eire – Colm Bairead Ltd / Midas Productions (Ireland)

Liv & Ingmar – Painfully Connected – NordicStories (Norway)

Best Use of Footage in a Production featuring Music

Sponsored by Getty Images

Crossfire Hurricane – Tremolo Productions (USA)

Hava Nagila (The Movie) – Katahdin Productions (USA)

Under African Skies – (USA)

Best Use of Sports Footage

Sponsored by ITV Sport Archive

9.79* – VeryMuchSo Productions (UK)

– ‘American Experience’: Jesse Owens – Firelight Media (USA)

Faster Higher Stronger: Stories of the Olympic Games – BBC Productions Bristol (UK)

Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production

Sponsored by IMG Media Ltd

The Beatles Live Project – OVOW Productions, Inc. (USA)

The Odyssey – The Bureau (UK)

Witness 20th Anniversary Video – Stalkr (USA)

Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage

Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild – BBC Bristol (UK)

Built for the Kill: Lion – NHNZ (New Zealand)

– ‘Natural World’: Animal House – BBC Natural History Unit (UK)

Best Use of Footage on Digital or Non-Television Platforms

Sponsored by Clips & Footage

From The Sea To The Land Beyond – BFI/British Sea Power/Crossover/SIDFF/Illumina Digital (UK)

The Arena Hotel – BBC Arena (UK )

The Opera House Project – Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia)

Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release

From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today – (UK)

Midlands on Film: Nottingham on Film 1920 -1980 – Lincoln School of Media (UK)

Roll Out the Barrel: The British Pub on Film – BFI (UK)

Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release

Sponsored by British Pathé

London – The Modern Babylon – Nitrate Film (UK)

The Central Park Five – Florentine Films (USA)

The House I Live In – Charlotte Street Films (USA)

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project

David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and Trials of Life Series – BBC Worldwide / BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)

Maarten Visser Collection – EYE Film Institute Netherlands / Haghefilm (Netherlands)

The Silent Hitchcock Project – BFI / Deluxe (UK)

Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title

Sponsored by BBC Studios and Post Production

Lawrence of Arabia – Sony Pictures Entertainment (USA)

Richard III – The Film Foundation (USA) together with Janus Films/BFI National Archive/ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd./Museum of Modern Art/Romulus Films/Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Pleasure Garden – BFI / Deluxe (UK)

The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

Sponsored by AP Archive

– Elspeth Domville (Canada) for Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

– Declan Smith & Masha Oleneva (UK/Russia) for Putin, Russia & The West

– Miriam Walsh (UK) for London – The Modern Babylon

Footage Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Deluxe

– Pauline Russell (UTV)

– Ronny Temme (EYE Film Institute Netherlands)

– Patti Tsarouhis (ABC Content Services)

Footage Library of the Year

Sponsored by Bonded Services Ltd

– Getty Images

– NHNZ Moving Images

– Videoplugger Ltd

Award for Lifetime Achievement

A gift of the FOCAL International Executive

– Paul Sargent


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