2019 Awards Winners

The FOCAL Awards returned to The Troxy in London in 2019. The event was hosted by comedian Zoe Lyons. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to filmmaker Julien Temple.

FOCAL International would like to extend their congratulations to all of the awardees, nominees and attendees, as well as our many jurors and sponsors, without whom the delivery of such an important and vibrant competition wouldn’t be possible.

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You can also read information on the event’s sponsors here.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Julien Temple

“Julien Temple’s celebrated filmography traverses the realms of fiction, documentary and music video. His iconic documentaries that include The Filth and the FuryThe Ecstasy of Wilko JohnsonRequiem for Detroit; and London: A Modern Babylon demonstrate his fascination with the lives of creative pioneers as well as the multi-layered histories of people and place. 
Whether it is documenting the scarred history of Motor City, the anarchic energy of London, or the tumults of fame and creativity his prolific use of archive as a living and dynamic resource treats the source material with both respect and imagination. It is for this dedication to the creative and transformative potential of archive that FOCAL are recognising his achievements. Julien’s work truly embodies the 2019 FOCAL Awards tagline: The Future of Production Lies in the Past.”

Read the full statement from FOCAL International on Julien Temple here.

Categories and Winners

Below you can see the winners of each Personnel, Production and Restoration category in bold, followed by the nominees.

Footage Person of the Year

Jane Fish
Senior Curator, Imperial War Museums

Obi Adumekwe
Sales Manager UK & EIRE, AP Archive

Louise Pankhurst
Account Manager UK Southern Europe and Russia, AP Archive

Rosie Wilson
Media Manager, BAFTA

Footage Company of the Year


Associated Press (AP) Archive

Footage Farm Ltd


Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project

Joe 90
Network Distributing Ltd | UK

The Stucky Project
L’Immagine Ritrovata | Italy

The Zoo Gang
Network Distributing Ltd | UK

Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Title

The Film Foundation | USA, Brazil

Chronique des Années de Braise
The Film Foundation | USA, Africa

A Matter of Life and Death
Sony Pictures | USA, UK

Best Use of Footage in a History Production

The Scientist, The Imposter and Stalin: How to Feed the People (Le savant, l’imposteur et Staline: Comment Nourrir le Peuple)
Point du Jour, Sunset Presse, ARTE France | France

Hull’s Headscarf Heroes
Testimony Films | UK

Stories of a Nation (Histoires d’un Nation)
Point du Jour | France

Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

Shoes In The Bed Productions, LLC | USA

Nothing Like a Dame
Field Day Productions | UK

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Jigsaw Productions | USA

Best Use of Footage in an Sports Production (Tie)

Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager
Noah Media Group | UK

Momentum Generation
All Rise Films, Priority Pictures | USA

Out of Their Skin
Noah Media Group | UK

Best Use of Footage on Innovative Platforms

British Pathé TV

100 Years of ARRI – Interactive Timeline Experience


Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

Kulenkampff’s Shoes
Zero One Film | Germany

Shoes in the Bed Productions, LCC | USA

Frith St Films | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Factual or Natural World Production

Under the Wire
Arrow Media | UK

Manson: The Lost Tapes
Naked Entertainment | UK

Mercury 13
Fine Point Films | USA

You Are Here – A Come From Away Story
MDF Productions | Canada

Path of Blood
OR Media Ltd | UK

Best Use of Footage in a Music Production

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
Eagle Rock Films | UK

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Eagle Rock Entertainment | Switzerland

Tap America: How a Nation Found its Feet
BBC Studios | UK

Best Use of Footage in a History Feature

Apollo 11
Statement Pictures, CNN Films | USA

Shoes in the Bed Productions LLC | USA

The Waldheim Waltz
Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion | Austria

Best Use of Footage in Advertising or Branded Content

WWF – Fight for your World
The Director Studio

Genderquake Season Trailer
The Director Studio

Google – Year in Search

Best Use of Footage in a Short Film Production

A Night at the Garden
Field of Vision | USA

Gugelethu 60
Plexus Films | South Africa

I’m Writing to You, My Love
Silver Frame | Slovakia, Poland

Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature

They Shall Not Grow Old
Wingnut Films | New Zealand, UK

Apollo 11
Statement Pictures, CNN Films | USA

The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Passion Planet | UK, USA

Cinereach | USA

Student Jury Award for Most Inspiring Use of Footage

Shoes in the Bed Productions, LCC | USA

Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year Award

Peter Scott for A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

Hannah Shepard for The Rape of Recy Taylor

Susan Johnson for Quincy

Rich Remsberg for Bobby Kennedy for President, The King & Love Means Zero

Press Release

Read the Press Release – Issued 21st June 2019