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2021 Archive

Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production

2021 Winner

To be announced at the virtual FOCAL International Awards 2021 streamed on June 24th at 19:00 (BST)

Shortlisted

Long Gone Summer

Director:
AJ Schnack
Producer(s):
Anne Carkeet (Producer), AJ Schnack (Producer), Will Lennon (Produced by), Shirley Moyers (Produced by), John Dahl (Executive Producer), Libby Geist (Executive Producer), Rob King (Executive Producer), Erin Leyden (Executive Producer), Connor Schell (Executive Producer), Kristen Lappas (Produced by)
Footage Archive Researcher:
Marianna Yarovskaya, Anne Carkeet, Will Lennon, Shirley Moyers, AJ Schnack
Archival Sources:
Major League Baseball, ABCNews VideoSource, Nimia, ESPN, Getty
Production Company:
ESPN Films in association with Bonfire Films of America
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

The unforgettable tale of the most storied home run chase in baseball history – and all the questions that followed.

When the World Watched Brazil 1970

Director:
Andrew Lynch
Producer(s):
Andrew Lynch, Simon Corney, James Reilly, Paul Redman
Footage Archive Researcher:
Igor Tavares, Gemma Lynch, Cesar Ortega, Luke Moreau
Archival Sources:
FIFA Films, ITV Sports Archive, Globo TV, British Pathé, Associated Press
Production Company:
FIFA Films, Noah Media
Country of Production:
United Kingdom, Brazil, Switzerland

Synopsis

When the World Watched: celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brazil's victory at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. The tournament, played in Mexico, was the first ever to be broadcast live in colour to a worldwide audience and this four-part series provides a fresh look at the players' experiences at a pivotal point in their country's history. Using unseen and rare film from the FIFA Films library as well as a wide range of 3rd party archive the series immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of the technicolor tournament. Interviews with nine of the remaining team members including the legendary Pelé, as well as Brazilian sports journalists drive the narrative and reveal new stories around the team's victory.

Beautifully restored film footage was deliberately placed in a 4:3 frame to evoke the atmosphere of the era. Bespoke graphics, created to match the style of the 70s add to the nostalgic yet modern approach to the story telling.

The Last Dance

Director:
Jason Hehir
Producer(s):
Mike Tollin (EP), Curtis Polk (EP), Estee Portnoy (EP), Andrew Thompson (EP), Gregg Winik (EP), John Dahl (EP), Libby Geist (EP), Connor Schell (EP), Peter Guber (EP), Rob King (EP), Erin Leyden (EP), Jason Hehir (Produced by), Nina Krstic (Produced by), Matt Maxson (Produced by), Jacob Rogal (Produced by)
Footage Archive Researcher:
Nina Krstic, Jillian Moosmann and Zachary Rothfeld
Archival Sources:
NBA, WBBM, ESPN, WLS, WTTW
Production Company:
A Mandalay Sports Media Production in Association with NBA Entertainment, ESPN Films and Netflix
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls began their quest to win a sixth NBA title in eight years. But despite all Jordan had achieved since his sensational debut 13 years earlier, “The Last Dance,” as coach Phil Jackson called it, would be shadowed by tension with the club’s front office and the overwhelming sense that this was the last time the world would ever see the greatest player of all time, and his extraordinary teammates, in full flight.

Finding Jack Charlton

Director:
Gabriel Clarke, Pete Thomas
Producer(s):
John McKenna, Torquil Jones, Drew Masters, Catherine Quantschnigg
Footage Archive Researcher:
Production Team
Archival Sources:
Private Owner - Craig Johnston, Private Owner - Frank Gillespie, North East Film Archive, BBC/Getty Archive
Production Company:
Noah Media Group
Country of Production:
United Kingdom, Ireland

Synopsis

FINDING JACK CHARLTON is the compelling, emotional and definitive portrait of a football life like no other. It is the story of an extraordinary man: an English World Cup winning legend, who became an Irish hero. Contemporary filming and interviews combine with unseen audio, visual and personal archive material to reveal the untold story of Jack’s life and career.