ATV Today logo ATV Centre backgroundThe Focal International Awards honour producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production. The 2013 event sees BFI battle with fansite, turned production crew, ATVLand, for a gong along with the BBC up against ABC (Australia) for an award.

The Focal International Awards, hosted by television history presenter Dan Snow, will be presented in association with AP Archive on the evening of the 2nd May 2013 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.

From the Rolling Stones’ unparalleled rock and roll journey, to the frenzied rise of the British dance club scene, to the tragedy of the Central Park Five, the films nominated for this year’s awards showcase a dazzling array of production styles, subject matter, storytelling prowess and, of course, masterful integration of outstanding stock and archival footage.

“Our shortlist represents some of the most exciting films made last year,” said Jerry Kuehl, lead juror, “wherein the narrative impact of stock and archival footage is vital to the success of the production. Our judges have really had a tough time this year but when you end up with both Crossfire Hurricane and Under African Skies, for example in one category, on two of the biggest names in rock music, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon – it’ll be an interesting night!”

One nomination is for a documentary produced about a programme which the UK telly regulator, the IBA, described as ‘the worst regional news programme in the history of independent broadcasting’ – ATV Today. The Midlands news show launched in 1964, ran until 1981, and was slated for its lack of worthy regional content leading to the famous notion that ATV Network was more interested in Birmingham Alabama than Birmingham West Midlands and even less interested in the East Midlands. However this look back at the operation shows it wasn’t all nearly-naked women in beauty contests and filler cookery.

Full Nomination List:

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
Sponsor TBC
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 – @radical.media (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
Sponsor TBC
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
Sponsor TBC
From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today – ATVLAND.productions (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
Sponsor TBC
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

[Reported by Neil Lang]

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