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We were delighted to win Best Footage Library of the Year at the 2012 Focal International Awards! The ceremony took place last night at the Lancaster Hotel in London and was hosted by former ITN Political Editor and Strictly Come Dancing wildcard John Sergeant.

Although we’re thrilled with our award we were more impressed to see so many documentaries that contain British Pathe footage up for the other awards too.

In the “Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment or Drama Production” award all three nominees used our archive. We highly recommend you take a look at these fantastic programmes by BBC Entertainment:

Night on Film: An A-Z of the Dark produced by Elaine Shephered and researched by Phil Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story of Variety with Michael Grade produced by  Lucy Kenweight, and researhed by Chris Bower and Kelly Quintyne

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Toys That Made Christmas produced by Suzannah Wander and researched by Phil Clark

 

 

 

 

 

Entertaining The Troops was also commended in the “Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production”. Our archive has some lovely videos of various acts, both famous and the bizarre performing for British troops who had been conscripted into World War II. Alexandra Briscoe’s production is a vivid and touching piece, we really enjoyed it.

In the “Best Use of Sports Footage” category we were pleased to see , The Bert Trautmann Story for for a nomination, a fantastic biopic about the German paratrooper turned goalkeeper legend! Produced by Steve Humphries and directed by Nick Maddocks, the programme is an insigtful and entertaining portrait of a fascinating figure.

We would also like to say congratulations to archivist, writer and filmmaker Rick Prelinger who collected this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Take a look at this incredible archive here.

For more information on Focal, the archive community’s trade association take a look at their website www.focalint.org

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