Footage Person of the Year Award 2019

The Footage Person of the Year aims to recognise the efforts of outstanding individuals within the Archive sector who have worked to create positive change within both their own organisations and the industry at large. Individuals are initially put forward by industry, and FOCAL members are then able to vote on each candidate, taking into account the supporting statements and testimonials provided by industry and colleagues to support the original submission. Read more about each Nominee below.

The Footage Person of the Year award is kindly sponsored by

Jane Fish

Senior Curator, Imperial War Museums

Over the past 12 months Jane has been a driving force for change within the IWM Film Archive and the way in which it delivers a service to its commercial customers. She has been nominated for her instrumental role in developing the IWM Film Archive and making its service efficient and useful for researchers, including through her role in enhancing the design and functionality of the IWM Archive website based on researchers’ needs. Her leadership within the archive has enabled IWM to offer a competitive and relevant service through major digitation of the collection and through reviewing the archive’s terms and conditions. She has been praised for her intuitive and supportive leadership prioritising collaboration and encouraging the development of colleagues.

Obi Adumekwe

Sales Manager UK & EIRE, AP Archive

Obi has been acknowledged for his approachable, efficient and responsive manner, which makes him an incredibly useful contact to the producers and production companies with whom he works. His flexibility means that he can meet the different demands and shifting timeframes of projects, barely breaking a sweat. This brilliant work ethic has been described as ‘unfailingly helpful’ and resulted in long-term, returning clients who recognise his diligence and pragmatism as well as his extensive knowledge of, and infectious passion for, the collection he represents. His understanding of the collection as well as how to navigate complex licensing issues makes him indispensable to his clients. He was originally put forward for the Footage Person of the Year by ITV Studios and is supported by numerous Archive Researchers and Producers. 

Louise Pankhurst

Account Manager UK Southern Europe and Russia, AP Archive

Louise is the best news in the archive business. She always goes the extra several miles to find the shots you’re looking for and handles enquiries with unfailing good humour and lightning speed. In what can sometimes be a dour business with crushing deadlines and the often-ludicrous demands of clients weaned on all-encompassing YouTube visibility, Louise maintains a wonderful sense of fun to ease the process of acquisition and clearance. She knows it’s a deadly serious business with constant challenges which she does her best to meet, but the brilliant thing about her is that she goes about this with a rare lightness of touch, a very valuable talent much appreciated by all her clients.   

Rosie Wilson

Media Manager, BAFTA

Rosie Wilson has brought both intelligence and patience to the role of BAFTA Media Manager. Joining the organisation in 2015 from Bloomberg Video Library, Rosie’s presence has been transformative – for both BAFTA Archive and the organisation as a whole. She has increased the  number of third-party users and single handily overhauled the organisation’s digital production to archive workflows,  introducing new systems to meet in-house operational needs (including broadcast coverage of BAFTA Awards ceremonies) and longer-term preservation goals.  A role model and mentor to young (and older) team members, Rosie has supported colleagues across BAFTA’s international branches to deliver archive content. Rosie is BAFTA’s unsung hero. Her dedication to her role, her pursuit of excellence, her passion for BAFTA’s work and her support for her colleagues sees her soar way beyond her immediate role.  

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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