Best Use of Footage in a History Feature

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

The Best Use of Footage in a History Feature award is kindly sponsored by Bridgeman Footage.

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 Companys: 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 Administration, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, The Armstrong Family, The Collins Family; Richard Nixon Presidential Library


The public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an uncompromising celebration of African-American culture and politics—giving voices that had few other options for national exposure an improbable place to call home. With a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures this influential cultural moment in television history.

Production Company: Shoes In The Bed Productions, LLC
Archive Researcher: Wyatt Stone
Director: Melissa Haizlip
Producer: Melissa Haizlip
Archival Sources Include: ABC, AP, British Pathé, Getty, Reelin’ in the Years

The Waldheim Waltz

The Waldheim Waltz is a film about truth and lies, or “alternative facts”, individual and collective consciousness. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists in 1986 Vienna trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim and documented the political events with her camera. More than 30 years later she goes back into her own archive supplemented with international footage to analyse this turning point in Austrian political culture. 

Production Company: Ruth Beckermann
Archive Researcher: Ruth Beckermann
Director: Ruth Beckermann
Producer: Ruth Beckermann
Archival Sources include: Ruth Beckermann’s personal collection

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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