Anemon received the 2014 FOCAL International Award for Best use of Footage in a History Production, for its documentary SILENT BALKANS, directed by Andreas Apostolidis.

The film, which tells the story of how the coexistence of different peoples during the Ottoman Empire ended with the rise of nationalisms and conflict, was produced in association with the Goethe-Institut in the context of the cross-medoa project A BALKAN TALE www.balkantale.com.

This year’s FOCAL International Footage Awards edition, which recognize the best use of stock and archival footage across 18 production categories, was held on April 30 in London. FOCAL received a record-setting 239 submissions from 19 countries for this year’s event, including Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (which won the Award for Best Use of Footage in a Current Affairs Production) and BBC music doc David Bowie: Five Years (which won the Award for Best Use of Music Performance Footage).

The jury noted about SILENT BALKANS: “The footage from national archives had not seen together before in a project which used archive material to appeal to wide audience. Stills and CGI really bring the last years of multiethnic coexistence to life.”

As a follow up, Anemon is currently producing a one-off and six-part documentary series WAR & PEACE IN THE BALKANS, a landmark reassessment of the Balkan’s history, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WW1.

In 2011, Anemon had been awarded the FOCAL Award for Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage, for its documentary A PLACE WITHOUT PEOPLE, also directed by Andreas Apostolidis.

More about SILENT BALKANS: http://www.anemon.gr/films/film-detail/silent-balkans

More about the FOCAL AWARD: http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards/2014/the-focal-international-awards-2014

Image: Leonidas Liambeys received the award on behalf of Anemon (right) with Getty Images/BBC Motion Gallery Sponsor, Chris Prior.