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Benefits of Membership

Our Aim:

  • Support our members and provide a platform to promote your business and interests
  • Celebrate and champion the use of archival footage across all forms of creative media platforms.
  • Ensure and highlight good business practice in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage, stills and audio in all forms of media production through education, workshops and information-sharing.
  • Build activates to engage with and support the wider media industries and our community of members.

We represent members of all sizes and types from companies to individuals within the audiovisual community with amazing benefits.


  1. Company listing on FOCAL International website directory, viewed globally by industry professionals
  2. Your own company/individual page on FOCAL International Website
  3. Footage & Content Finder – (Company Membership Only) we receive on average 5 requests per day which is forwarded by email to footage licensing company members only. This is an excellent way to receive new business enquiries and build up your network within the production community.
  4. Skills & Services Finder service – (Individual Membership Only) fast and easy way to find the Researchers, Archive Producers, Rights Clearance specialists, Consultants and Facilities that you need. Requests are sent to our individual members
  5. Access to legal advice service by Briffa Intellectual Property, London, UK, for up to a 30-minute call to gain information and guidance on IP, copyright and licensing issues
  6. Discounted or free booking on FOCAL Seminars & Workshops on industry related subjects and other social events
  7. Networking events with direct access to the Footage Research/Library Managers community to promote and explain the content and workings of your company
  8. Reduced rates at major trade events e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest
  9. Free registration for FootageFest conference, Los Angeles
  10. Regular industry news updates through FOCAL newsletters and social media platforms
  11. Update on copyright and legal issues affecting our industry through the advocacy work FOCAL undertakes on behalf of its members
  12. Opportunity to advertise or publish press releases and other editorial material on FOCAL International web site
  13. Sponsorship and Advertising opportunities to increase your companies’ brand at the FOCAL International Awards
  14. Discounted booking to attend FOCAL International Awards ceremony
  15. Participate on FOCAL International Awards Jury
  16. Members are eligible for nomination of Library and Employee of the Year at the FOCAL Awards
  17. Invitation to FOCAL International’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), each Company/Individual member has one voting share
  18. Members’ representative is entitled to be nominated for consideration for a place on the FOCAL International Executive Committee. Voting by members at the AGM
  19. Join one of the FOCAL committees – such as the Training, Events & Exhibitions, and Researchers Steering Group – to play a part in policy making and organising events
  20. Access to the other organisations with which FOCAL International has close links including Learning on Screen (formerly BUFVC - British Universities Film and Video Council), PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television), BAPLA (British Association of Picture Libraries), FIAT/IFTA, Film London, Creative Skillset, DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Authority), FIAF, FAUK and AMCUP
  21. Representation at leading trade events through FOCAL International

Annual FOCAL Membership Fees:

  • Company Membership - £650.00 (plus VAT if applicable)
  • Individual Membership - £90.00 (plus VAT if applicable)
  • Associate Membership - £25.00 (plus VAT if applicable) - please check with the FOCAL office before applying [email protected]

For more information read the conditions on the registration/membership agreement.