FOCAL Awards 2020

Submissions for the 2020 FOCAL Awards Production & Restoration categories have now CLOSED.

Our Personnel categories remain open for submissions until 9th April. Read more here.

The FOCAL Awards celebrate the very best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries from cinematic features to the use of footage in live events. We also celebrate the best examples of archive restoration and preservation practice and the people and companies that make up the industry.

The 2020 edition of the awards sought eligible productions who have had a release or some kind of public distribution during the 2019 calendar year. You can read about our entry guidelines here.

See the 2020 Awards Schedule and Key Dates for Entrants

If you entered into this year’s awards, please keep an eye on your e-mails for further updates from us. If you have any queries you are welcome to e-mail us at

You can read more about our individual production, restoration and personnel categories using the links below.

Filmmaker Julien Temple celebrates his ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at 2019’s edition of the awards, alongside collaborator Wilko Johnson.

Our 2020 Production Categories celebrate the very bust uses of footage within productions, programmes and projects from short films to feature films, documentaries to innovative platforms.

The 2020 Restoration and Preservation Categories champions the growing field of restoration, featuring well-known classics and under-seen or previously lost gems.

FOCAL International’s Lifetime Achievement Award presents a coveted award to people whose careers have boldly intertwined with archival footage. Past awardees include filmmaker Julien Temple and prolific stock footage creator Gerry Weinbren. The 2020 awardee is yet to be announced.

Our 2020 Personnel Award Categories amplify the work of the individuals and companies who aid productions in finding the best possible archival footage. Includes our Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year award.