Best Use of Footage in a Short Film Production 2019

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

The Best Use of Footage in a Short Film Production award is kindly sponsored by Pond5

A Night at the Garden

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. The Oscar-nominated A Night At the Gardenis composed entirely of archival footage from that night. This piece of “archival vérité” therefore transports you to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the USA. 

Production Company: Field of Vision / Marshall Curry Productions
Archive Researcher: Rich Remsberg
Director: Marshall Curry
Producer: Marshall Curry
Archival Sources Include: UCLA Film & Television Archive; National Archives and Records Administration; Streamline Films; The Sherman Grinberg Film Library

Gugelethu 60

A township 15 km away from Cape Town, Gugulethu was established in 1958. Its history reflects the history of Cape Town itself, including the impact of Apartheid on social and economic life, local resistance and challenges facing townships in the post-Apartheid era. Commissioned by Cape Town Museum to celebrate Gugulethu’s 60thanniversary: this is a richly textured film juxtaposing archive with contemporary material to show how the past has affected the present. 

Production Company: Plexus Films
Archive Researchers: Andre Mohammed /Wesley Francis/ Clive Kirkwood
Director: Lauren Grorenewald
Producer: Lauren Grorenewald
Archival Sources Include: University of Western Cape Mayibuye; University of Cape Town Libraries Special Collection; The Community Video Education Trust; The African News Agency and the Independent Media Library at UCT; Black Sash Cape Western Archive

I’m Writing to You, My Love

The Summer of 1968 is brought to life through found footage from remarkable sources, including never-before screened Communist secret service footage. Materials are woven together to show how the happiness of a marriage is overshadowed by military invasion. A Rock & Roll soundtrack is contrasted with the practises of a totalitarian regime intent. The film evocatively offers a warning from the past for audiences of the present. 

Production Company: Silver Frame, Peter Kerekes Film
Archive Researcher: Magdalena Szymkow
Director: Magdalana Szymkow
Producer: Stanislaw Zaborowski
Archival Sources Include: Polish Television TVP, Poland; Warsaw Documentary Film Studio WFDiF, Poland; Polish Institute of National Remembrance, IPN, Poland; Czech Television, Czech Republic; Slovak TV RTVS, Slovakia

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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