Returns to FOCAL International Awards as Bronze Sponsor

News, the stock footage search engine, will be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2014 FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. Set to take place April 30, 2014 in London, UK, the FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms.

Last Updated: November 2, 2013 5:55 am GMT
(New York, United States--November 2, 2013), the world’s premier online resource for stock footage search and discovery, has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor of this year’s FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production over the last year are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. All awards will be presented the evening of April 30, 2014 at a glittering award ceremony hosted by television historian Dan Snow at the Lancaster London Hotel.

For more than a decade FOCAL International has honored achievement in the use of footage at its annual footage awards, highlighting the power and impact of archival filmmaking in all its varied forms, as well as the critical role of stock and archival footage to the creative process. The FOCAL International Awards, now the leading and most complete set of awards for the global footage business, also showcase the contribution made to the global production industry by archivists, film libraries, researchers and technicians, as well as the work done to restore and preserve these irreplaceable assets.

The final deadline for submissions is now one month away. Anyone wishing to be considered for an award in any of the 18 FOCAL International Awards categories must get their submissions in by December 1, 2013.

“We’re very pleased to welcome back as a Bronze Sponsor for this year’s footage awards,” said Anne Johnson, FOCAL’s Commercial Manager. “The support of companies like helps us to both continue our work on behalf of the global archive industry and expand the footprint of the footage awards.”

“We’re honored to once again take part in the FOCAL International Awards as a Bronze Sponsor,” said David Seevers, Chief Marketing Officer. “Anne Johnson, Julie Lewis and their team at FOCAL International have worked tirelessly for over a decade to build the FOCAL International Awards into a major annual event that recognizes the work of all stakeholders in the world of archives and archival production, including the producers and their achievements, the footage companies that make the content accessible and the archivists and preservationists who make sure it lasts.”

In addition to awards recognizing achievement in a wide variety of production categories, awards for restoration of the world’s film and video archive heritage are also up for grabs, as are commendations for the skilled researchers, archivists, libraries and as always a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Award categories are as follows:
  • Best Use of Footage in a History Production

  • Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production

  • Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production

  • Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production

  • Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production

  • Best Use of Footage in a Production featuring Music

  • Best Use of Sports Footage

  • Best Use of Footage in an Advert or Short Production

  • Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage

  • Best Use of Footage on Digital or Non-television Platforms

  • Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release

  • Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release

  • Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Project

  • Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title

  • The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award

  • Footage Employee of the Year

  • Footage Library of the Year

  • Lifetime Achievement

The qualifying period is productions premiered in 2013 and entry is via the FOCAL website until the closing date December 1, 2013. Details of each category and advice for entrants can be found at <> . All awards will be presented the evening of April 30, 2014 at the award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.

About is the world’s premier online resource for stock footage research. Since 1994, has focused on meeting the needs of both footage users and footage providers. Today, remains committed to helping users find the best footage as quickly and easily as possible; generating new leads and licensing opportunities for our member archives; and strengthening the footage licensing industry as a whole. Our dedicated search engine makes it easy for creative professionals to search 40 world-class footage collections simultaneously and view over 3 million clips, many of which are available for download. Our Global Search partners include some of the best-known companies in the stock footage industry, including Getty Images, FootageBank, Framepool, Historic Films and NBC News Archives, as well as some exciting new specialist collections, such as Skyworks, Critical Past and Celebrity Footage. is also home to the Zap Email, used every day by creative professionals to send footage requests instantly to over 50 top footage providers. Whether they’re up against a deadline or searching for an obscure clip, creative professionals rely on Zap Emails every day to initiate their footage research projects, providing our Zap subscribers with a steady stream of new leads.

About FOCAL International
The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International (FOCAL International) is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985. It is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry, with a membership of over 300 international companies and individuals. Its purpose is to facilitate the use of library footage, images, stills and audio in all forms of media production; promote its members - libraries selling content plus those who serve the industry; provide a platform for members to promote themselves and their interests; encourage good practise in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage; support, promote and educate on the need to preserve and restore footage and content; act as an information resource for the footage and content industry; offer training in key skills and in the broader appreciation of the footage and content industry.


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