FOCAL International events

FOCAL International: we are a not for profit membership organisation which represents the Footage and content libraries throughout the world and apart from telling people where to find footage and content or archive researchers and producers etc – we also hold conferences and training sessions and also the world renown FOCAL International Awards.

There may be some internal staff interested in coming to the  FOCAL International Training Week – we have a couple of places left, so it is first come.

With reference to the 2 conferences which are a part of the Training Week, they are also open to all and can be booked separately.

The course gives an introduction to the commercial audio-visual industry from archive to exploitation and is designed for anyone, from anywhere in the world, who needs to know more about the footage industry – image archivists, footage researchers, production managers, producers, directors, archive librarians and anyone wanting to know about this industry – whatever your media background, this is a wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses.

Day 1 of the course at the Imperial War Museum covers the history of film and video technology and includes some hands-on experience using different film formats. Day 2 takes delegates out of town to experience restoration processes in action at Pinewood Studios and then it is back to the fast turnaround world of media management and newsroom workflow at Sky News. Day 3 covers metadata, cataloguing and clip sales at AP Archive and Getty Images.

Copyright Conference 24th Sept

The final two days of the week, which are also part of the full Training Week, can be booked as separate modules and take place at the Holiday Inn in vibrant CAMDEN TOWN. Thursday’s module ‘Know Your Rights’ provides an up to date briefing of the changes to copyright law when using footage and content, including  THE HUB, orphan works, and covers third party rights such as artistes, music, sport and formats.

Networking Party 24th Sept

For light relief, the day closes with a fun footage networking party in The Glasshouse overlooking Camden Lock for all FOCAL International members and colleagues to meet and catch-up.

Researching Footage & Content Conference  25th Sept

The week closes with a stimulating and informative session on ‘Researching Footage & Content’ led by a panel of professional Researchers who ‘tell it like it is at the coal face’ – from the project briefing, through research, clearance and delivering for the edit.  This module can also be booked separately.

Registration for the full week costs £900 + VAT and includes all lunches and light refreshments – places are limited so you do need to register as soon as possible. The Copyright and Researcher Conferences, which also include refreshments and a hot buffet, can be booked separately and are open to anyone, as is the Networking Party which includes some drinks and canapes. Please check the individual booking forms using the links provided for prices.

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