THE FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2019
20th June 2019 – THE TROXY, LONDON
The FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms plus its restoration.
Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library or archival footage in all varieties of form, including through documentary or feature film productions, as well as any other form of production or across all media platforms during the calendar year of 2018 are invited to submit their work for consideration.
The competition also recognises the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use this precious resource with Awards on the night for best archive researcher, footage company and individual as well as accomplishments in film and television restoration work.
These awards are the leading and most complete set of awards for the archive footage industry in the world today. The 2019 competition is the 16th FOCAL International Awards.
The FOCAL Awards present awards in 16 Production, Restoration/Preservation and Personnel Categories, the winners of which are considered by an international jury drawn from the archive, footage and wider creative industries. The images above are just a selection of this year’s nominees across the multiple categories. Click here to see the productions nominated for each award.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Julien Temple
FOCAL International are delighted to announce that the 2019 recipient of the FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Award will be the renowned film director, Julien Temple.
Julien Temple’s celebrated filmography traverses the realms of fiction, documentary and music video. His iconic documentaries that include The Filth and the Fury; The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson; Requiem for Detroit; and London: A Modern Babylon demonstrate his fascination with the lives of creative pioneers as well as the multi-layered histories of people and place.
Whether it is documenting the scarred history of Motor City, the anarchic energy of London, or the tumults of fame and creativity his prolific use of archive as a living and dynamic resource treats the source material with both respect and imagination. It is for this dedication to the creative and transformative potential of archive that FOCAL are recognising his achievements. Julien’s work truly embodies the 2019 FOCAL Awards tagline: the future of production lies in the past.
The Venue – The Troxy
Following the success of the 2018 Awards Gala, the FOCAL International Awards will be returning to the Grade II listed Art Deco venue. The Troxy is an iconic venue and by locating the organisation’s flagship event at this venue, FOCAL pay tribute to London’s rich cinema heritage. The Troxy is also the home to Europe’s largest Wurlitzer organ – a fine accompaniment to FOCAL’s unique awards ceremony.