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FOCAL Lifetime Achievement award goes to Pioneering Footage Producer-Director




FOCAL International, the Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has announced that pioneering producer-director, Serge Viallet, is to receive the FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement, at the fourteenth annual FOCAL International Awards, to be presented on 25th May, 2017. This Award is a gift of the FOCAL International Executive, as a mark of gratitude for Serge’s dedicated and exhaustive support of the footage archive world through his prodigious body of work.

Historian and archive expert, Jerry Kuehl, comments: "Serge Viallet makes programmes that are scrupulous in their commitment to archival integrity - and eminently watchable. In the era of ’post-truth’ and ’alternative facts’ he stands for the finest in our documentary
tradition. He richly deserves this recognition."

Upon receiving news of his win, Viallet said: "I am so proud and moved to have been honoured with this award. I am so thankful to all my mentors around the world who have supported me throughout my career. I am also grateful to all the wonderful archivists and archive lovers whose work has been so valuable in helping me produce my films. Thank you FOCAL!"

Not only has Serge been a great friend and champion of archives from behind the camera, and on the industry’s frontline, he has also played an important role in facilitating the preservation of over 30 years of M?decins Sans Fronti?res footage, shot for and by the famed humanitarian organization, and this collection is now safely established at INA, France’s national audiovisual archive.

"The FOCAL executive is delighted to award Serge Viallet with this year’s lifetime achievement award. His filmmaking represents some of the best examples of understanding the integrity of archival footage, while still creating new & engaging ways of looking at history. What better place to honour this dedication to the craft than at the 2017 FOCAL International awards on the 25th May," says FOCAL International Chair Sue Malden.

Website: www.focalint.org

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