FOCAL Awards Goes Virtual


The FOCAL International Awards competition is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of archival footage and its contribution to the creative and cultural industries. We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist in the Production and Restoration & Preservation categories plus Footage Company of the Year.

The 2020 competition received a wide variety of submissions this year making it an undeniably rich and diverse contest making it a challenging and rewarding deliberation process for our dedicated jurors across the globe – testament to the continuing and growing power of archival storytelling. We would like to thank everyone who entered their work this year; the quality of the 2020 submissions has been unparalleled.

Impressive usage and previously unseen footage across a broad genre of productions from Cinematic Features to Innovative Platform can be discovered in our full list of nominees for this year’s FOCAL International Awards HERE.

The Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year and Student Jury Award for Most Inspiring use of Archive nominations will be announced later in August.

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

See the 2020 Awards Schedule and Key Dates for Entrants

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.