Several non-fiction titles were included in FOCAL International’s 18th annual awards, which were announced on Thursday (June 24).
The awards recognize achievement in production, personnel, restoration and preservation within the audiovisual industry. UK-headquartered FOCAL (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries) is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985 and represents footage and content libraries, archive producers, researchers, consultants and facility companies in more than 30 countries.
Oscar-nominated doc Crip Camp was recognized with best use of footage in a history feature. The film was a Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke production with Little Punk, JustFilms and the Ford Foundation for Netflix. Meanwhile, American Murder: The Family Next Door, a true crime documentary feature from the production company Knickerbockerglory that streamed on Netflix, was awarded best use of footage in a factual or natural world production by FOCAL.
The BBC docuseries from KEO Films, Once Upon a Time in Iraq, won best use of footage in a history production. Kubrick by Kubrick, a documentary from Temps Noir and Telemark that aired on Arte, was recognized for best use of footage in an arts & entertainment production.
Goldfinch Entertainment and Orofena Films’ Ronnie’s, a documentary celebrating the story of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, was awarded best use of footage in a music production, while Finding Jack Charlton from Noah Media Group won best use of footage in a sports production.
Other winners included The Spiritual Exercises from The Documentary Group for best use of footage in a short film production and MLK/FBI from Field of Vision, Play Action Pictures and Cinetic for best use of footage in a cinematic feature.
Finally, FOCAL awarded both James RM Hunt (Ronnie’s) and Manuel Heller (Afghanistan: The Wounded Land) with the Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year Award.