FOCAL Awards 2018 first shortlists announced

FOCAL International Awards 2018
FOCAL International press release – 18 April, 2018.

The FOCAL Awards remain unique and vital in a world of more and more content

After FOCAL’s annual worldwide search for the very best in archive storytelling and an exhaustive period of viewing and debate by our respected juries, we are delighted to announce the first shortlisted entries for the 2018 FOCAL International Awards.

The FOCAL Production Awards 

This year’s production shortlist sees a myriad of themes and issues being explored across all screen platforms and mediums. We see archives being used as tools for change and advocacy and as an active source for inspiration and insight into historical lives and movements. Not forgetting the playful nature and humour that footage can bring. Such a strong competition and varied shortlist proves the on-going, and growing, significance of archival footage in on-screen storytelling.

Full list of Production Nominations

The FOCAL Personnel Awards

The shortlists for the Employee and Footage Library of the Year award are also announced. Designed to acknowledge the tireless contribution of individuals and companies to our industry, these awards are decided by special jury.

Full list of Personnel Nominations

Last, but certainly not least, The Lifetime Achievement Award, a gift bestowed by the FOCAL International Executive board, is this year given to Gerry Weinbren for his significant contribution to the industry. Through his extensive career Gerry has borne witness to the rapid and fundamental shifts in technology and trends in the industry but he has always retained an energetic commitment and love for film and footage.

Read about Gerry’s distinguished career and legacy here

The Ceremony

The ceremony will be on Thursday 14 June at Troxy, London. Tickets are now on sale and early bird rates will be available until 11 May. Hardeep Singh Kohli will once again bring his mischievous charm and industry know-how to the night as our ceremony host.

Buy tickets here.

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N.b. The shortlist for the Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year and the Archive 

Restoration and Preservation Project/Title of the Year will be announced on  24 April. 

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