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03/12/2007

FOCAL International Calls For Submissions For Awards

FOCAL International, the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses, has announced the launch of its call for submissions for the 2008, FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive.
These accolades represent the only global competition dedicated to the celebration of the use of footage by producers together with the recognition of achievements of professionals within the archive industry.
The FOCAL team is now gearing up to replicate previous year’s successes with a call for submissions of productions which have used library archive and stock footage in an imaginative and innovative way.
The 2008 awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, 21st May, are to be hosted by celebrated British film-maker Lord Puttnam, FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons, together with a guest keynote speaker.
The FOCAL International Awards 2008, in association with AP Archive for the 5th consecutive year running will span 16 award categories covering all forms of content creation from factual through to entertainment, sport, natural history, music promos, commercials, full length features and corporate communications aired on any platform or channel.
Lord Puttnam said, "I have long been a supporter of the footage archives, the skills that help make effective use of it and the contribution they make to the creative media. We sincerely hope that acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the footage industry will draw even more attention to this vital element of the creative processes at work in audio visual production."
This year’s 2007 FOCAL International Awards were hosted by the founding chief executive of Channel 4, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, and was held in May at the Savoy Hotel in London.
To enter submissions to the FOCAL International Awards which have used footage and have been premiered in 2007.
For the full 16 category listing and submission forms visit www.focalint.org/focalawards.htm
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