FOCAL International Awards – Eligibility Criteria & Guidelines
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A HISTORY PRODUCTION:
Best Use of Footage in a History production includes documentaries or docudramas dealing with historical issues, events or people. Productions may be up to a maximum of 60 minutes in length or per each episode. If you are entering a series, you are able to enter up to 2 episodes to represent the series as a whole.
The 2019 history production category is named in memory of researcher and historian, Jerry Kuehl, a long-standing juror of the FOCAL Awards and valued member of the archive community.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A HISTORY FEATURE:
For feature-length productions – of 60 minute duration or longer – such as documentaries or docudramas that deal with historical events, people or issues.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A FACTUAL OR NATURAL WORLD PRODUCTION:
Productions in this category include documentaries or docudramas that deal with current affairs or topical issues, people, events or phenomena. The Factual genre covers a wide array of subjects such as the economy, politics, the environment or natural world, science & technology, natural disasters, climate change, and human-interest stories.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN AN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION:
This category is dedicated to productions or series that make effective and humorous use of footage in a comedy sketch series, quiz show or list style format. Submissions might include productions that have had a traditional TV or online release and distribution.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN AN ARTS PRODUCTION:
The Arts Production category encompasses documentaries, docudramas or fiction that feature arts and cultural subjects. For example, productions might be on literature, visual arts, the history of film & TV or they might be biographies of artists, writers and entertainers.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A MUSIC PRODUCTION:
Productions eligible for this category include documentaries, docudramas or fiction films featuring, for example, the history of music or biographies of musicians, singers, composers.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A SPORTS PRODUCTION:
Productions for any media platform, which use footage of any sports, are eligible for this award. Productions can include documentaries; docudramas, shorts, trailers, adverts and so may also be eligible for the innovative platforms or Advert/short film category.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A CINEMATIC FEATURE:
Productions that are cinematic in ambition, scope and duration and not limited to traditional cinema releases. These may include feature documentaries or feature fiction. In the case of fiction which incorporates archival footage into the narrative, the jury will consider how well the footage has been integrated and contextualized to enhance and elevate the storytelling over the volume of footage used within the overall duration of the film.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN ADVERTISING OR BRANDED CONTENT:
Productions can include examples of advertising or branded content campaigns across any platform that includes the use of archival footage to tell the story of the product.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN A SHORT FILM PRODUCTION:
Short films of any genre are eligible for this award. A short film is defined as 30 minutes or less in duration and must incorporate footage into the narrative that is integral to the storytelling whether it is documentary, fiction, animation or any other genre of production.
BEST USE OF FOOTAGE ON INNOVATIVE PLATFORMS:
Projects eligible would include use of archive in visual arts installations; live events; online platforms and other unconventional formats, with the aim of inventing new ways of engaging with archival footage and bringing its relevance and power to new audiences.
Supporting visual material is required with a completed entry form.
As a not-for-profit trade organisation, we charge an entry fee to enable FOCAL to cover costs of delivering the competition and annual awards ceremony:
- All Submissions to each Award production* or restoration category will be charged an early bird fee of £65 (+ VAT) if entering prior to January 11th 2019. From January 12th 2019 and until the submissions deadline, the normal entry fee per category is £80 (+VAT). Please note that you must have submitted and paid for your submissions prior to January 11th 2019 to be eligible for the early bird discount.
- We are also able to offer the following discounts for entering one submission to multiple categories. When entering one submission to two categories, you will receive 10% off the total submission price. When entering one submission to three categories, you will receive 15% off the total submission price. The discount of 10% or 15% will apply to both the early bird and normal entry fee price, whichever is relevant, at the time of submission. The same discounts will also be applied when one organisation is submitting multiple titles/entries.
- *Except for entry to the Short Film Production category which is subject to the following fees: £25 (+VAT) for early bird entry up until January 11th 2018 or £40 (+VAT) standard entry fee from January 12th 2019 onwards. A short film must be a singular production of 30 minutes or less in duration.
- Any discounts will automatically applied to the invoice when submitting your entries.
Please note our extended deadline for all entries is Midnight (GMT) on 18th February.