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FOCAL Intl. footage awards unveils shortlist

Nominees have been revealed for the upcoming 2021 edition of the FOCAL International Awards, celebrating archival footage and its contribution to the creative and cultural industries. Multiple nominees include the acclaimed ...
May 7, 2021

Nominees have been revealed for the upcoming 2021 edition of the FOCAL International Awards, celebrating archival footage and its contribution to the creative and cultural industries.

Multiple nominees include the acclaimed feature docs Crip Camp (pictured) and MLK/FBIFinding Jack Charlton, an archive-led examination of the Irish football hero; and Ronnie’s, a look at musician Ronnie Scott and his world-renowned jazz club.

The shortlist for the Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year and restoration & preservation categories will be announced in the coming weeks.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the awards will be screened virtually June 24 at 19:00 (BST, or 2 p.m. ET), hosted by comedian, presenter and comedy writer, Jo Caulfield.

The nominees in the production categories, with credits supplied by FOCAL International, are as follows:

Best Use of Footage in an Arts & Entertainment Production:
Disclosure - Disclosure Film in association with Field of Vision and Bow & Arrow Entertainment for Netflix
To the Moon - Inland Films
Kubrick by Kubrick - Temps Noir, Telemark

Best Use of Footage in Advertising or Branded Content:
Nike ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ – STALKR LTD
Athleta ‘Women Run It All’ – STALKR LTD
Spike Lee x Montblanc ‘What Moves You, Makes You’ – The Director’s Studio, Wieden and Kennedy Amsterdam, Smuggler
Playstation ‘Explorers’ – The Director Studio, Adam and Eve, Somesuch
Bumble ‘First Moves Forever’ – STALKR LTD

Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature:
MLK/FBI - Feild Of Vision, Play Action Pictures, Cinetic
Crip Camp - A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke Production in association with Little Punk, JustFilms, Ford Foundation for Netflix
Finding Jack Charlton - Noah Media Group
Ronnie’s - Orofena Films, Goldfinch Entertainment
To the Moon - Inland Films

Best Use of Footage in a Factual or Natural World Production:
Un pays qui se tient sage (The Monopoly of Violence) - Le Bureau – Jour2fête
American Murder: The Family Next Door - Knickerbockerglory
The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty - 72 Films
Spaceship Earth - RadicalMedia
Room 2806 – The Accusation - CAPA Press

Best Use of Footage in a History Feature:
Crip Camp - A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke Production in association with Little Punk, JustFilms, Ford Foundation for Netflix
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President - Not Just Peanuts LLC, Thunder Moccasin Pictures
MLK/FBI - Feild Of Vision, Play Action Pictures, Cinetic
Vie et Destin du Livre Noir, la destruction des juifs d’URSS (The Black Book) - Les Films du Poisson

Best Use of Footage in a History Production:
Gulag the Story - Kuiv productions
Once Upon a Time in Iraq - KEO films
Baci Rubati (Stolen Kisses) - Istituto Luce Cinecitt
We At War - Private films from Hitler’s Germany – History Media GmbH

Best Use of Footage in a Music Production:
Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council - Channel X and Mono Media
Ronnie’s - Orofena Films, Goldfinch Entertainment
The Story of Ready Steady Go! - Whizz Kid Entertainment, eOne, BMG
The Go-Go’s - Fine Point Films, Fadoo Productions

Best Use of Footage in a Short Film Production:
The Spiritual Exercises - The Documentary Group
North Country - Stept Studios
Revelaciones (Revelations) - TardeoTemprano Films

Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production:
Finding Jack Charlton - Noah Media Group
The Last Dance - A Mandalay Sports Media Production in Association with NBAEntertainment, ESPN Films and Netflix
When the World Watched Brazil 1970 - FIFA Films, Noah Media
Long Gone Summer - ESPN Films in association with Bonfire Films of America

Best Use of Footage on Innovative Platforms:
BBC Motion Graphics Archive – BBC
HENRI Des films rares de la Cinémathèque française et d’ailleurs à voir en ligne (Rare films from the Cinémathèque française and abroad to watch online) - La Cinémathèque Française
Rewind – BBC Northern Ireland

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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