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horzsep Signs on as a FOCAL International Awards Sponsor, the stock footage search engine, will be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2013 FOCAL International Awards, in association with AP Archive. Celebrating achievement in the world of stock and archival footage, the FOCAL International Awards are set to take place May 2, 2013 in London, UK.

New York – November 29, 2012 –, 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, celebrating the best use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms. Over the last ten years, the FOCAL International Awards has risen to prominence in the world of stock and archival footage, as well as in the international production community at large. The 2013 FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive will be held on May 2, 2013 at the Lancaster London Hotel in London, UK. 

The final deadline for submissions is fast approaching. 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, 2012. 

“We’re very excited to take part in the FOCAL International Awards as a Bronze Sponsor,” said David Seevers, Chief Marketing Officer. “FOCAL does a great deal of important work on behalf of the footage industry and we are happy to support their efforts in any way we can. The FOCAL International Awards are a great example of the sort of contribution FOCAL makes to both the footage industry and the global production community at large.”

“We are very happy to have on as a sponsor for this year’s awards,” said Anne Johnson, FOCAL’s Commercial Manager. “ is one of FOCAL International’s worldwide member companies and we greatly appreciate their support of our efforts to promote the archive industry as a whole - these Awards are just one of many of our activities which help us to do this.” 

The FOCAL International Awards will celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2013.

“We’ve come a long way and raised the profile of the footage industry so much since we began,” said organizer Julie Lewis, FOCAL’s General Manager. “Some of the highlights for me have been Rick Prelinger receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012; then there was the feature film SENNA winning awards in 3 categories last year; and best of all was Martin Scorsese coming to personally receive an award for the restoration of the RED SHOES in 2010.”

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 

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 2012 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 the May 2, 2013 at the glittering award ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. 

An additional feature during the ceremony day of May 2, 2013 will be FOCAL International's What Is Restoration? Conference, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI). This will allow some submissions in the Best Restoration/Preservation categories, which have not necessarily been shortlisted, to be featured as case studies, and in some instances to receive separate commendation. The main awards in this, and other categories, will however be presented at the main awards ceremony.

For full details and the submissions entry form go to

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 1.75 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 OceanFootage. 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 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 whose 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.


David Seevers

Chief Marketing Officer

(415) 609-7642

FOCAL International

Julie Lewis

General Manager


+44 (0)20 3178 3535