Awards 2019

20th June 2019 – THE TROXY, LONDON

Read the Press Release for this year’s awards ceremony.

See the winners, and view photos from this year’s event.

2019’s FOCAL Awards ceremony was held on June 20th. We welcomed over 300 guests for this year’s awards – one of our most successful yet. FOCAL International has given 14 awards to productions making bold and compelling use of archival footage, as well as three personnel awards recognising the work fo practitioners, researchers and companies, and two awards celebrating restoration and preservation.

Julien Temple also received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which came with a few surprises in the form of a video message from Keith Richards, and Wilko Johnson handing Julien his award on stage. The acclaimed filmmaker went on to thank all the talented archive producers with whom he’s worked and advocated for the power of archival footage to tell immersive stories.

For a full break down of this year’s winners, please see our Press Release here. The winner of our Audience Award, judged by ceremony attendees, will be announced 20th July.

2020 – Tell Us What You’re Working On!

Submissions for the 2020 FOCAL Awards will open later this year, but we’d love to hear about what you’re working on in advance. Please drop us a line at!

Each year the FOCAL Awards recognises how archival footage can impact a wide range of productions, by presenting awards in multiple categories. The competition also recognises the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use this precious resource with awards on the night for best archive researcher, footage company and individual as well as accomplishments in film and television restoration work.

These awards are the leading and most complete set of awards for the archive footage industry in the world today. The 2020 competition will be the 17th edition of the awards.

The Venue – The Troxy

Following the success of the 2018 Awards Gala, the FOCAL International Awards returned to the Grade II listed Art Deco venue for 2019. The Troxy is an iconic venue and by locating the organisation’s flagship event at this venue, FOCAL pay tribute to London’s rich cinema heritage. The Troxy is also the home to Europe’s largest Wurlitzer organ – a fine accompaniment to FOCAL’s unique awards ceremony.