FOCAL Awards 2020

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic FOCAL International have made the decision to postpone the FOCAL International Awards 2020 gala evening on the 18th June until the Autumn 2020.

FOCAL is committed to honouring and recognising the very best of use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries as well as acknowledging the best examples of restoration and preservation practices. The 2020 Awards competition is still going ahead, we are currently monitoring the ongoing changes in the UK Government rules surrounding Covid-19 to ensure we deliver a safe Awards later in the year. Further information will be available shortly.

The production and restoration shortlist nominations will be announced late May followed by the Personnel awards to include Company of the Year and Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year in June.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for all of us in the media industry, we wish everyone well and staying safe. 

Submissions for the 2020 FOCAL Awards have now CLOSED.

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.