In May, dft and Prasad were proud to support customers and colleagues at the 12th FOCAL International Awards at the London Lancaster Hotel. Hosted by the Chief News Correspondent for the BBC, Katie Adie, the awards recognised producers, directors and other creative media professionals for excellence in the use of stock archival footage across all genre and platforms of production.
It was great to see so many of our customers (including the BBC, Eye Film, Prime Focus, Pinewood, ITN and Deluxe), at the event, especially as a number of the projects completed using DFT products had been nominated for awards.
Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted for a category, and to all the winners.Top Restoration/Preservation prizes went to Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (Arrow Films / Deluxe Restoration) and the horror classic Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung). Camera Obscura was praised for the exemplary restoration, as well as the completed 5 disc Blu-ray and DVD box set and book.
Soul Boys of the Western World, which tells the story of iconic 80's band Spandau Ballet, was justly shortlisted in two categories but didn't quite manage to pull a win. However, it did earn Kate Griffiths the accolade of Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year - a just reward for collating 450 hours of footage from over 70 sources, then clearing and licensing the chosen clips for the 100 minute feature film plus 2 discs of 'extras' in the box set.
The evening ended with Sir Jeremy Isaacs giving fond and worthy praise to this year's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Raye Farr, recalling their days working together on the World at War series through to her becoming Director of the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.
Prasad and dft are proud to support FOCAL.
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