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FOCAL International's Footage Awards 2017 Now Open for Submissions and Sponsorship
FOCAL is now accepting entries for the 2017 FOCAL International Awards, the most prestigious and complete set of awards for the global footage community. The 14th annual FOCAL International Awards will be held on 25th May 2017 at a sparkling ceremony in London, UK. Deadline for submissions is 1st December 2016.

Volunteers Sought for Four Corners Archive project
A project to record an important part of UK film history are seeking volunteers to help research and record memories, photographs, films and documents about the early history of Four Corners and Camerawork.

Job Vacancy - Director of MACE (Media Archives of Central England)
There is a job vacancy for the Director of the central England archive MACE, based in the Lincoln School of Film and Media. MACE is the regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.

FOCAL International General Manager Job Vacancy
FOCAL International - the international, not for profit, professional trade association, representing commercial film/audiovisual, stills and sound libraries, researchers and other industry professionals, is seeking a General Manager.

BFI Premieres Restoration of 1929 Film The Informer
The Archive Gala at the 60th BFI London Film Festival is the World Premiere of a new BFI National Archive restoration of Arthur Robison’s The Informer (1929). This rare silent adaptation of Liam O’Flaherty’s famous novel, with a new score, is set among Dublin revolutionaries in the early days of the newly independent Irish Free State in 1922.

FOCAL Training and Conference Week Coming in September
Trade association FOCAL International are holding their annual conference and training week from 19th – 23rd of September. The training event is sponsored by Creative Skillset and has been renamed Continuing Personal Development (CPD) week.

Televisual Magazine Surveys the Archive Sector
Televisual Magazine has an interesting article on the archive sector, “A spate of major anniversaries, the ongoing popularity of ‘list’ shows, as well as the rise of clip-based docs like Senna, have helped to buoy the archive sector,” says journalist Tim Dams.

Film:ReStored – New German Film Heritage Festival
The Deutsche Kinemathek is organising and hosting a new film heritage festival “Film:ReStored” in Berlin. From September 22nd-25th, the festival will present public film screenings, offering the opportunity to experience the digital premieres of a treasure trove of cinema from six decades of German film history, a corresponding conference and a children’s programme.

Archive Film – A Beginner’s Guide from Huntley Film Archives
This course is a one-day practical film workshop, delivered by experts, and held at the BFI in Stephen St, London W1. It is for production professionals aiming to better manage in-house film resources, heritage professionals, archivists and curators.

Documentary Financing – Do Film-makers Suffer Financially for their Art?
Realscreen has put together a report about documentary film-makers and their remuneration – initial findings are that about 67% of those who identified as documentary professionals do not make their living through their art – a depressing result.

GoPro Footage Survives a Year on the Seabed
A fisherman found a GoPro camera lying on the seabed near Poole in England. After almost a year in the water the underwater housing had failed and the camera was damaged, but the SD card was intact and the footage was recovered, and the original owner has been found.

New device lets you activate a GoPro Camera with your tongue
GoHawk is a switch that allows you to use your moth to turn on and off a GoPro camera , even while both hands are busy.

Footage Award Winners Honoured
The 13th annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive took place recently before a full house at The Lancaster London Hotel. Now well into their second decade and going strong, The FOCAL International Awards celebrate the best use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms, with the 2016 event showing strength from around the global production community.

Alan Whicker Collection Donated to BFI
The BFI National Archive has received the archives of pioneering investigative TV journalist, Alan Whicker, donated by Valerie Kleeman, Whicker’s World Foundation. The collection contains meticulous records of one of the most enduring and influential careers in British television history, spanning the late 1950s into the 21st century.

Hard Tide – New British Crime Film Opens Soon
Hard Tide, a grim, graphic low-budget independent crime thriller, set in the coastal town of Margate is about to open in cinemas on April 29th. Described as a “crime thriller with a heart” small-time drug dealer Jake rescues Jade, a neglected child and goes on the run with her.

Drone Filming over Central London Draws Criticism
Filming for a music video broke all sorts of rules, by flying a drone over the city. The video posted online showed aerial close ups of some of London's best known landmarks, and has been condemned by professional drone pilots for being "dangerous".

Archive Zones Has Gone Digital!
FOCAL International's flagship journal providing a platform for news and debate on the worldwide audiovisual industry has become an online digital edition. Focal members will still receive the printed magazine, but it is now widely available on FOCAL's website.

Archiving Tomorrow Conference Warns of Archives at Risk
Archiving Tomorrow will be a special 2-day world conference to highlight the single most important issue facing the audiovisual archive world today: Saving the endangered Audiovisual Archive heritage of the world before it is too late!

Witness are Curating Online Videos to Monitor Human Rights in Western Sahara
The Western Sahara area has been struggling to gain independence from Morocco for 40 years. Video human rights monitoring organisation Witness are starting a project to collect user-generated videos of human rights breaches in an area far from the media spotlight.

Shortlist Announced For FOCAL Footage Awards 2016
Finalists for the 13th annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive include some of the highest-profile documentary films released around the world in 2015, including Academy Award Winner Amy, about the life of Amy Winehouse. Set to take place on 26th May, 2016 at the Lancaster London Hotel, the FOCAL International Awards recognise creative media professionals for excellence in the use and preservation of stock and archival footage.

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