FOCAL International Awards 2021 Open for Submissions

The Awards celebrate the very best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries. From cinematic features to the use of footage in innovative ways; there is no doubting the immediacy and power that footage can bring, which this unique award competition recognises.
We also acknowledge the best examples of archive restoration and preservation practice as well as the people and companies that make up the industry and without whose hard work and vision none of this would be possible.

You can read more about our individual production, restoration and personnel categories using the links below. Our Full 2021 Guidelines will give you more details on how to entry, criteria and qualifying period.

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES TO PRODUCTION OR RESTORATION CATEGORIES – 22nd FEBRUARY 2021

Due to Covid-19 pandemic FOCAL International will be making a final decision early 2021 whether to hold a physical ceremony or virtual Awards to announce the winners.

The 2021 Production Categories celebrate the very bust uses of footage within productions, programmes and projects from short films to feature films, documentaries to innovative platforms.

2020 Winner – Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production: I Am Durán

The 2021 Restoration and Preservation Categories champions the growing field of restoration, featuring well-known classics and under-seen or previously lost gems.

2020 Winner – Restoration & Preservation – Title: Le Roue

The 2021 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.


The virtual 17th FOCAL International Awards 2020 programme was hosted by comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty. In total 15 awards were announced across production, restoration and preservation and personnel, all recognising and honouring the achievements and work within the AudioVisual industry.

CHECK OUT THE FULL WINNERS FOR THE 2020 AWARDS

The following is a repeat of the Awards Programme for your enjoyment.

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