British Pathé Archive Award

Sponsored by British Pathé, endowed with material supply worth 14,000 euros

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The British Pathé Archive Award honours outstanding archive and compilation film projects. High-quality archive footage is often invaluable for documentaries. The use of historical or commercial film excerpts on a larger scale, however, increases the required production budget substantially. With the new Archive Award, British Pathé and aim at promoting projects utilising licensed material and thus strengthening this traditional documentary genre.

From the submissions for the Marketplace, a three-member jury will award the new prize to a project at the pitches. The winning project will receive British Pathé archive material worth 14,000 euros, alternatively 2,500 euros can be paid in cash.

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance. Over the last 50 years, this material has been used extensively by broadcasters, production companies, corporations and museums, among many others.

The Marketplace 2019 takes place from 9th to 11th 2019.

Selected Projects for the British Pathé Archive Award. 


Andrea Bräu, Bayerischer Rundfunk, History and Society Department

Claudia Engelhardt, Filmmuseum München

Dr. Kay Hoffmann, Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart

Simon Witter, British Pathé London