Best Use of Footage in a History Production 2019

Here are the nominees for our Best Use of Footage in a Factual or Natural World Production. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Awards Ceremony on June 20th.

The Best Use of Footage in a History Production award is kindly sponsored by Getty.

Hull’s Headscarf Heroes

The extraordinary story of a remarkable protest – led by a group of women from Hull’s fishing community. In 1968, after 58 of the community’s men had died at sea, the women of Hull rose up to campaign for a safer fishing industry, overcoming prejudice and violence.  Their actions ultimately changed the law and saved countless lives.

Production Company: Testimony Films
Archive Researchers: Steve Humphries, Nick Maddocks, Andy Attenburrow, Emily Sivyer, Lizi Cosslett
Director: Steve Humphries
Producers: Steve Humphries, Nick Maddocks, Andy Attenburrow
Archival Sources Include: BFI National Archives; British Pathé; Getty Images; ITV Archive; Yorkshire Film Archive

Stories of a Nation (Histoires d’un Nation)

This gripping four-part series on immigration, blends stills and filmed and colourised archives spanning a century and a half with personal testimonies of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who came to France as refugees or immigrants. With personal testimony from anonymous and famous French citizens, it tells a lively history of France deeply relevant to today.

Production Company: Point du Jour
Archive Researchers: Françoise Davise (co-author), Carl Aderhold(co-author), Valérie Massignon (archive researcher), Caroline Blache (archive researcher)
Director: Yann Coquart
Producer: Luc Martin-Gousset
Archival Sources Include: Gaumont Pathé archives; Lobster Films; Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde (prêt ANMT); Musée de l’Histoire vivante de Montreuil/ Fonds Scanzaroli; Ciné-archives, fonds audiovisuel du PCF – Mouvement ouvrier et démocratique

The Scientist, The Imposter and Stalin: How to Feed the People (Le savant, l’imposteur et Staline: Comment Nourrir le Peuple)

Nikolai Vavilov was a botanical genius who travelled the world, accumulating a vast wealth of biodiversity. Trofim Lyssenko was a talented agronomist who claimed he could increase crop-yields through his pseudo inventions. In the young Soviet Union plagued by famine, they attempted to solve the problem haunting the communist authorities: how to feed the people.

Production Company: Point du Jour, Sunset Presse, ARTE France
Archive Researchers: Gulya Mirzoeva, Elena Zaloguina, Valérie Combard
Director: Gulya Mirzoeva
Producer: Vladimir Donn
Archival Sources Include: RGAKFD(Russian State Archives of Photos and Cinema); RGAE(Russian State Archives of Economy); NETFILM.RU; RGASPI(Russian State Archives of Social & Political History); CRITICALPAST

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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