Best Archive Restoration and Preservation Title 2019

Here are the nominees for our Best Archive Restoration and Preservation Title award. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the Awards Ceremony on June 20th.

The Best Archive Restoration and Preservation Title award is kindly sponsored by Pinewood.

Chronique des Années de Braise

Chronique des Années de Braise was selected for restoration by a network of African filmmakers, scholars, journalists and more, as part of a Film Foundation and UNESCO project of restoring significant, forgotten and endangered films from Africa. Upon Director Mohammed Lakhdag-Hamina’s wish, this restoration reconstructed the 2h 57′ version that was awarded the Palm d’or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975.

Institutions, partners and funders: FEPACI, The Film Foundation, UNESCO, The African Film Heritage Project, L’Image Retrouvée, L’Immagine Ritrovata, the George Lucas Family Foundation

A Matter of Life and Death

The original 3-strip Technicolor nitrate prints of A Matter of Life and Death were wet-gate scanned at 4K for this restoration, requiring significant repositioning in order to best align them due to shrinkage. The project is a culmination of multiple preservation efforts including prior photo-chemical restoration and guidance from the filmmakers. The restoration premiered at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival.

Institutions, partners and funders: Sony Pictures, Cineric NYC, Deluxe Audio Services Hollywood, Deluxe Culver City, L’Immagine Ritrovato, MTI Film


In the last two decades Pixote has only been available on scratched and worn-out 35mm prints. Pixote was restored using the original camera negatives and first generational internegatives preserved at the Cinemateca Brasileira. In order to minimise the overall presence of mold, the camera negative was wet-gate scanned at 4K resolution, and digitally restored, requiring significant effort.

Institutions, partners and funders: JLS Facilitações Sonoras, L’Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the George Lucas Family Foundation

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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