Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production 2019

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

The Best Use of Footage in a Sport Production award is kindly sponsored by the ITV Sports Archive.

Bobby Robson: More than a Manager

In the summer of 1995 Bobby Robson was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. Miraculously, less than a year later he was managing the legendary FC Barcelona. More Than A Manager tells the Robson’s life story with a non-sequential timeline, regularly returning to the 1996/97 La Liga football season. Archive material was drawn from multiple sources and varies in age (the oldest being over 50 years old). The film utilises video and radio archive to create an emotional connection between Robson and the viewer.

Production Company: Noah Media Group
Archive Researchers: Jim Anderson
Director: Gabriel Clarke, Torquil Jones
Producers: John McKenna, Torquil Jones, Victoria Barrell
Archival Sources Include: TV3 Catalunya, ITV Archive, FIFA

Momentum Generation

Before reshaping worldwide culture in the 1990s and beyond, surfing’s most legendary crew were a group of teenagers from broken homes living crammed together in a small house in the North Shore of Oahu. From humble origins to cultural icons, Momentum Generation is the first time this crew has agreed to tell their story together, giving the filmmakers unprecedented access to their inner circle and tens of thousands of hours of private archives that shed new light on the tradeoffs of individual gain versus collective unity.

Production Company: All Rise Films, Priority Pictures, HBO, Universal
Archive Researchers: Shawna Brakefield, Kelly Ann Sims, Emily Jean Fratchling, Logan Combest-Friedman
Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Producers: Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist, Justine Chiara, Tina Elmo, Colby Gottert, Robert Redford, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little, Laura Michalchyshyn, Bill Simmons, Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein
Archival Sources Include: Taylor Steele / Poor Specimen / Sipping Jetstreams, Alan Gibby / Zone 57 / The Action Archives Collection,Opper Sports Productions, Steve Sherman Photography, Prickett Films

Out of Their Skin

A candid portrayal of British sporting history and social culture, Out of Their Skin charts the rise of black football players in Britain. Presented by former Arsenal player Ian Wright, the film marks 40 years since Viv Anderson became the first black footballer to win a full cap for the England national team. The large majority of screen time is archive, utilising a wealth of material from both sporting and news programmes.

Production Company: Noah Media Group
Archive Researchers: Jay Gill
Director: Jay Gill & Gabriel Clarke
Producers: Jay Gill & Gabriel Clarke
Archival Sources Include: ITV Sport Archive, ITV Archive, Getty

Special Mention: Basketball: A Love Story

The 2019 Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production Jury would also like to recognise the outstanding quality and content of ESPN Film’s Basketball: A Love Story and award a Special Mention to the production.

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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