Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature 2019

Here are the nominees for our Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature Award. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Awards Ceremony on June 20th.

The Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature Award is kindly sponsored by British Pathé

Apollo 11

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.

Production Company: Statement Pictures / CNN Films
Archive Researchers: Stephen Slater, Robert Pearlman
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Producers: Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen, Evan Krauss
Archival Sources Include: National Archives & Records Adminsitration, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, The Armstrong Administration, The Collins Family, Richard Nixon Presidential Library

The Serengeti Rules

The Serengeti Rules weaves together a unique range of archival footage of the natural world to help vividly bring to life the stories of five unsung ecologists, who from the 1960s onwards have been driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand how planet Earth works.

Production Company: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Passion Planet
Archive Researchers: Christopher Gent; Clare Darken
Director: Nicolas Brown
Producer: David Allen Archival Sources include: BBC NHU and Getty Images, Okapia KG, Doclights, Greenpeace


An inspired labour of love for teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. Over two decades later, Shirkers is revived in a way that Director Tan could never have imagined.

Production Company: A Netflix Documentary in association with Cinereach
Archive Researcher: Sandi Tan
Director: Sandi Tan
Producers: Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph
Archival Sources include: Collection of Shirkers LLC; Personal collection of Sandi Tan; Personal collection of Stephen Tyler

They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old shows the First World War as never before. This is Oscar-winning Director Peter Jackson’s artistic response to the experience of war informed by historical research and the original voices of veterans. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW and IWM, the film uses state-of-the-art technology to transform original archival footage from IWM and BBC and brings to life the people who lived through and fought in the war.

Production Company: WingNut Films/Imperial War Museums/14-18 NOW
Researcher: Clare Olssen
Director: Peter Jackson
Producers: Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen
Archival Sources include: Imperial War Museums; BBC

The 2019 edition of the FOCAL Awards will celebrate all of the above nominations and more on June 20th 2019 at the Troxy in London. We’ll also be presenting filmmaker Julien Temple with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Whether you’re a nominee, an industry professional or just someone who loves archival film, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this year’s achievements.
Early bird tickets are available until May 12th, and tickets include welcome drinks, a stylish 3 course meal, post-ceremony drinks and plenty of networking opportunities with nominees, curators, researchers and other industry professionals. We hope to see you there!

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