2018 Awards

The 2018 FOCAL Awards took place at the The Troxy in June 2018. Read the breakdown of nominees and winners below.

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Gerry Weinben

2018 Lifetime Award Winner – Gerry Weinbren

“Gerry has over 60 Years’ experience in film starting out shooting black and white nitrate film, and now today shooting up to 4K in digital, there is not much Gerry hasn’t seen! Gerry created Index Film and TV providing stock shots which set themselves apart from a lot of other companies as it was all shot on 35mm Original Neg and still looks fantastic today!”
Jo Griffin, Chief Operating Officer, R3Store Studios

Read the full statement from FOCAL International about Gerry Weinbren.

Categories and Winners

Best Use of Footage in Advertising/Short Film Production

Absolut – One Night
The Director Studio, Park Pictures | UK

Fiat 500 – Forever Young
Communications, The Director Studio | UK

Witness – 25th Anniversary
STALKR | Germany

Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

Alex Somers, composer of Dawson City: Frozen Time, which won Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

Dawson City: Frozen Time
Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures | USA

Zero One Film | Germany

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Busy Monkey LLC | USA

Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature

I Am Not Your Negro
Velvet Film | USA

Dawson City: Frozen Time
Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures | USA

National Geographic | USA

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
HBO Documentary Films | USA

Eric and Ernie’s Home Movies
Shiver | UK

How Magic Changed TV
Crook Productions | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production

5 Stick Films Inc, Dolores Huerta Film Project | USA

National Geographic, Lightbox | USA

The Vietnam War
Florentine Films | USA

Best Use of Footage in a History Feature

National Geographic, Lightbox | USA

American Epic
Lo-Max Films, BBC Arena, Wildwood Enterprises, Thirteen | UK

No Intenso Agora (In the Intense Now)
videofilmes produções artísticas ltda | Brazil

Un Exilio: pelicula familiar (In Exile: a Family Film)
Mexican Film Institute | Mexico

Best Use of Footage in a History Production

Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide
Matrix Communications – Marta Houske| USA

La Double Vie, Petite Histoire de la Sexualité en URSS (Double Life, a Short History of Sex in the USSR)
Film Studio Devini, Les Films du Balibari, Mental Drive Studio, Sunset Presse | Latvia

The Tokyo Trials: The Battle for the Truth
Shanghai Media Group | China

Best Use of Footage on Innovative Platforms

A Kind of Seeing
Shona Thompson | UK

Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda
Adam Matthew Digital, BFI, Pinewood Studios | UK

YourBigDay Ltd | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Music Production

My Generation
Raymi Hero Productions/XIX Entertainment | UK

The Defiant Ones
HBO Entertainment, Silverback 5150 Pictures, Alcon Television Group | UK

Long Strange Trip
AOMA Sunshine Films LLC | USA

American Epic
Lo-Max Films, BBC Arena, Wildwood Enterprises, Thirteen | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Natural World Production

National Geographic Studios, Public Road Productions | USA

Dolphin Man
Storyline Entertainment Inc., Anemon Productions, Les Films du Balibari | Canada

Jim’s Dream
Primate Planet Productions | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production

Ferrari: Race to Immortality
Artemis Films | UK

Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions
IMG Productions Scotland | UK

When Football Banned Women
Lambent Productions | UK

Employee of the Year

Kieran O’Leary – Employee of the Year – with Sharon Ament, representing Film London

Kieran O’Leary
Access & Digital Collections Developer | IFI Irish Film Archive

Jim Penn
Senior Researcher | BBC Motion Gallery

Scott Norman
Content Manager | NBC Archive

Library of the Year

ITV Archive

Huntley Film Archive

Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year

Mike Welt, Ho Dang Hoa, David P. Schmidt
For The Vietnam War

Barbara Gregson, Ryan Gallagher
For The Defiant Ones

Bernard McMahon, McGourty
For American Epic

Best Restoration and Preservation Project

Kinemacolor Project
Cineteca di Bologna | Italy

Jean Vigo Project
L’immagine Ritrovato for Gaumont | Italy

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
Oy Filmkompaniet Alpha Ab | Finland

Best Restoration and Preservation Title

La Lunga Strada del Ritorno
RAI Teche | Italy

Le Salaire de la Peur
Hiventy for tf1 | France

Voyage au Congo
Hiventy for Films du Jeudi | France

Student Jury Award

The Student Jury Award for Most Inspiring Use of Archive was awarded to Dawson City: Frozen Time. Below is the Jury’s full statement on why they chose the film:

“Good evening everyone and thank you so much to the FOCAL Awards for having us here tonight and for allowing us to be the student jury for this important award. During the deliberation process we discovered that when faced with four films of such overwhelming impact, choosing just one to award for the most inspiring use of archive footage was a very difficult but invigorating experience.

Dawson City: Frozen Time does not exist without archive footage – it is a story told entirely through images and it is not just a curio – the footage emphasises the importance of discovery itself. It is a coincidence that this incredibly rich source of footage was found when nobody was even looking for it because people thought it had been destroyed.

It is an ambitious cinematic undertaking and an origin film. The birth of a city was minded by the Klondike Gold Rush; capitalism rises and falls – many people working in this industry went on to become significant pioneers too – and the film tells the story of cinema, charting its transformation as a medium of technological record to mass entertainment.

Further to this, the archive footage holds a mirror to the world laid bare by the films of the Dawson City collection. Inspiration is not easily defined, but any film that inspires new perspectives and change in audiences deserves great praise. We hope the film we have chosen impresses and moves you as much as it did us.”

– Francesco Carreri, Andrew Gutman, Taryn Joffe, Giada Liu, Eleonora Pesci, Steven Ryder, Samuel Thiery, Jade Turner. NFTS MA Students in Film Studies: Programming and Curation

FOCAL International would like to thank the National Film and TV School for this new partnership. In particular we’re grateful to Head of Screen Arts, Sandra Hebron, and Curriculum Coordinator, Sarah Harlow. Thanks of course must also go to the students for their participation.