EYE is among the finalists in four categories for the FOCAL International Awards. The nominated films and projects are: Karel Doing’s Liquidator (for the category Best Use of Footage in a Short Production), the website Film In Nederland (Best Use of Footage on Non-television Platforms), EYE’s Desmet Collection (Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Project) and Shoes (1916, Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title).
Each year, FOCAL (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International) awards prizes to films and projects that make the best possible use of archive material, thereby honouring researchers and restoration staff. EYE’s restoration of Shoes is competing with Le voyage à la lune by Georges Méliès, and the website Film In Nederland has been nominated alongside the website from Beeld en Geluid (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision).
EYE has been nominated by FOCAL in the past, as well: once for Beyond the Rocks (1922, an EYE restoration project) and Farewell (2009), with 12 minutes of film material from EYE’s collection.