The Yorkshire and North East Film Archives (YFA and NEFA) have once again demonstrated their excellence in the preservation and promotion of archival footage. Adding to their accolades from the 2022 FOCAL International Awards, the esteemed team has emerged victorious, clinching two more coveted awards at this year’s event, dedicated to celebrating the significance of archival footage in the creative and cultural industries.

In a remarkable feat, the Archive secured the prestigious title of ‘Best Use of Footage in a Short Film Production’ for the second consecutive year. Their latest film, ‘Cost of Living,’ commissioned by York St John University’s Cinema and Social Justice Project, captivated the judges with its poignant portrayal of collective memories of past crises. The film powerfully amplifies the enduring calls for social and economic justice that resound in our society today.

Graham Relton, the Archive Manager, proved to be an exceptional force behind these achievements. Having been recognised as the driving force in the sector, Relton received a special individual award for ‘Footage Person of the Year.’ This recognition is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, its remarkable collections, and the wider industry. For over 15 years, Relton has passionately championed the cause, going above and beyond to ensure the accessibility of the region’s rich film heritage to audiences of all backgrounds.

Although narrowly missing out on a treble triumph, YFA and NEFA showcased their remarkable prowess with ‘Echoes of the North: Four Chapters in Time,’ which was shortlisted in the fiercely competitive ‘Best Use of Footage in a History Production’ category. The film’s inclusion in the prestigious shortlist is a testament to the Archive’s commitment to presenting the rich historical narratives of the region in an engaging and informative manner.

The Yorkshire and North East Film Archives have yet again proven their mettle in preserving and promoting archival footage, solidifying their status as a leading institution in the field. Their continued success not only enriches our understanding of history but also inspires the creative and cultural industries to explore the boundless possibilities that lie within the archives.

As we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in the Archive’s remarkable journey, it is clear that their passion and dedication will continue to shape the future of archival filmmaking, leaving an indelible mark on the creative landscape.