IWM wins two FOCAL Awards

11th July 2019

David Seevers of Footage.net (sponsor of award) with Jane Fish, Senior Film Curator at IWM

IWM came away from this year's FOCAL International Awards 2019 with two trophies.

Jane Fish, Senior Curator for Film at IWM was named Footage Person of the Year. This award recognises the efforts of outstanding individuals within the Archive sector making positive change within their organisation and the industry. Jane was nominated for her instrumental role in developing the IWM Film Archive and making its licensing service efficient and useful for researchers, including her role in enhancing the functionality of the IWM Film website. She has also been praised for her intuitive and supportive leadership prioritising collaboration and encouraging the development of colleagues.

Read an interview with Jane Fish on Footage.net to find out more about her work at the IWM.    

FOCAL awards - They Shall Not Grow Old

Alastair White of British Pathé (sponsor of award) with Fiona Kelly, Film Curator at IWM and Nigel Hinds from 14-18 NOW

They Shall Not Grow Old won the award for Best Use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature. This was Oscar-winning Director Peter Jackson’s artistic response to the experience of war informed by historical research and the original voices of veterans.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW and IWM, the film uses state-of-the-art technology to transform original archival footage from IWM and BBC and brings to life the people who lived through and fought in the war.

Production Company: WingNut Films/Imperial War Museums/14-18 NOW
Researcher: Clare Olssen
Director: Peter Jackson
Producers: Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen
Archival Sources: Imperial War Museums; BBC

The FOCAL International Awards is the leading voice in the archive footage industry recognising the researchers, technicians and producers that access, maintain and use archival footage.