Footage Company of the Year 2019

Companies were initially put forward by the industry where the FOCAL members voted on each candidate taking into consideration all the supporting statements and testimonials provided by industry colleagues to support the original submission.    

The Footage Company of the Year award is kindly sponsored by IMES

Here are the Shortlisted companies:

Associated Press (AP) Archive

The AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press (AP), one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent news gathering. The collection includes over 1.7 million global news and entertainment video stories dating back to 1895, sourced both from AP’s own coverage and from premium content partners including ABC News and British Movietone. The archive has won the Best Footage Company award twice prior, and recently began uploaded its entire content library to Youtube amassing over 1 million followers at the beginning of the year.

Footage Farm Ltd

Footage Farm was established in 2001 by a team of experienced professionals to provide video master tapes of material in the Public Domain. Over the past year, Footage Farm has heavily invested in both streamlining what it has been doing best for the past 18 years and exploring new and exciting avenues. They have recently expanded their home movies collection to include an even wider range of footage, and have revamped their website and continued to digitise their collection.


Kinolibrary is an independent footage library with a mission to introduce rarely seen, high quality archival film to the commercial footage market. Their footage has been seen in productions such as Three Identical Strangers, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A and McQueen. 2018 saw Kinolibrary acquiring the Worlds Backgrounds Collection including 30,000 35mm negatives including footage of 60s Soho, 70s Las Vegas and 80s Brooklyn, which they have been digitising in 4K.


Screenocean’s One Search platform brings their entire represented archive collections together in one place. With just one search, you can get results from multiple archives across multiple decades, including Reuters News Archive, Channel 4, Channel 5, Warner Bros Television Productions UK, Clips & Footage, BAFTA and Cover Images. They recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary, and have licensed clips for First Man and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Join us at the Awards Ceremony

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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