Best Use of Footage on Innovative Platforms 2019

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

The Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production award is kindly sponsored by Televisual

100 Years of ARRI – Interactive Timeline Experience

To celebrate 100 years of motion picture technology ARRI produced an educational series of filmed interviews with well-known Oscar-Winning international Directors including Ang Lee, Francis Ford-Coppola and cinematographers including the great Vittorio Storaro.  These interviews, intercut with movie clips and stills, celebrated the filmmakers and illustrated how ARRI motion picture technology has helped shape cinematic storytelling.  A unique interactive historical timeline published online for 5 years worldwide use.

Production Company: ARRI Cine Technik GmBh & Co
Archive Producer: Jackie Ramsamy
Director: Radlein Henning
Producer: Mark Hope-Jones
Archival Sources Include:Warner Bros Films, 20th Century Fox, Universal/Disney/Lucas Film, Sony/Columbia, MGM

British Pathé TV

British Pathé TV ( is a unique online streaming service offering an extensive range of full-length archive-driven documentaries; appealing to specialist audiences that mainstream services are failing to cater for, such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts. British Pathé TV’s aim is to conserve, disseminate and promote archive-driven programming and the work of archive professionals to hitherto-unreached audiences worldwide via the latest technology.

Production Company: British Pathé Ltd
Archive Researchers: James Hoyle, Mikel Gurrea
Director: Dan Ransome
Producer: Alastair White
Archival Sources Include: British Pathé archive, BBC Motion Gallery, Kingfisher Productions, Simply Media, History Television International


Speakeasy tells the story of popular culture during Prohibition in the United States and is a central attraction at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The film was created to imitate a 1920s silent film, driven by an original jazz score and titles and using rarely-seen footage. Raw material, rushes, and outtakes from movies of the period were innovatively edited to produce the final film.

Production Company: Fleetwood Films
Archive Researchers: Bonnie Rowan
Director: David Rabinovitch
Producers: David Rabinovitch, Jon Rubin
Archival Sources Include: National Archives & Research Administration, eFootage Ltd, Footage File, Producers Library Services

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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