Footage.net Signs on as FOCAL International Awards Bronze Sponsor

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Footage.net, the stock footage search engine, will be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2015 FOCAL International Awards in association with AP. Now in its 12th year, the FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms.

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Producers who create new and exciting work using existing footage deserve to be recognized and celebrated, as do the archivists, preservationists and footage houses that maintain these wonderful collections.

Footage.net, 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 May 21, 2015 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. Entries in all 16 categories are due by December 1, 2014 (late entries will be considered up until December 12, 2014).

From high profile past winners like Martin Scorsese, Alex Gibney and Rick Prelinger to lesser known producers from around the world, the global scope of the FOCAL International Awards has ensured that the work of filmmakers and archivists across a broad range of categories, as well as the critical role of archive and stock footage in the creative process, are recognized and celebrated.

“Naturally we’re delighted to have Footage.net back as a Bronze Sponsor for this year’s FOCAL International Awards,” said Anne Johnson, FOCAL’s Commercial Manager. “It’s the support of companies like Footage.net that has helped us establish these awards as the leading and most prestigious event of its kind in the world and has enabled us to highlight the amazing work that goes on within and around the global archive industry.”

Going strong in its 12th year, the FOCAL International Awards is the leading and most complete set of awards for the global footage business, showcasing 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.

“We’re thrilled to participate in the FOCAL International Awards as a Bronze Sponsor,” said David Seevers, Footage.net Chief Marketing Officer. “Producers who create new and exciting work using existing footage deserve to be recognized and celebrated, as do the archivists, preservationists and footage houses that maintain these wonderful collections and make them available to the production community for reuse. Competition organizer Julie Lewis and the whole team at FOCAL, together with the major support of AP Archive, have done a superb job of creating an event that honors this work.”

The final deadline for submissions is now just one week away. Anyone wishing to be considered for an award in any of the 16 FOCAL International Awards categories must get their submissions in by December 1, 2014 but late entries will be considered up until December 12, 2014.

All awards will be presented the evening of the May 21, 2015 at a glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. The qualifying period is productions premiered in 2014 and entry is via the FOCAL website http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards/2015/the-focal-international-awards-2015.

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 Music Production
  •     Best Use of Sports Footage
  •     Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage
  •     Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms
  •     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

About Footage.net
Footage.net is the world’s premier online resource for stock footage research. Since 1994, Footage.net has focused on meeting the needs of both footage users and footage providers. Today, Footage.net 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 footage search engine makes it easy for creative professionals to search 40 world-class footage collections simultaneously and view over 3.5 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 AP Archive, Getty Images, ITN Source, FootageBank, Framepool, Historic Films and NBC News Archives, as well as some exciting new specialist collections, such as Skyworks, Critical Past and Celebrity Footage. Footage.net is also home to the Zap Email, used every day by creative professionals to send footage requests instantly to over 50 top footage providers.

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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