British Pathé Archive Award

The funding award honours projects with a large proportion of archive material and thus strengthens a documentary genre rich in tradition.

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 Archive Award, British Pathé and aim at promoting projects utilising licensed material and thus strengthening this traditional documentary genre.

Among all submissions for the Archive Award, 5 projects will be presented to a jury of five during a live pitching at the Marketplace. The winning project will receive British Pathé archive material worth 15,000 euros, alternatively 2,500 euros can be paid out in cash.

You can find the five nominated projects here.


Prize sponsor: British Pathé

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world. Now also representing the Reuters Historical Collection, it has become a one-stop archive for the story of the 20th century. This treasure trove of 220,000 films, unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance, is used extensively by broadcasters, production companies, corporations and museums, among many others.

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Gunnar Dedio

Gunnar Dedio founded the film production company, LOOKSfilm, in 1995. Impressive archival footage is typical for LOOKSfilm's more than 200 film and series productions - many of them award-winning. In 2019, due to his love for film and photo archives, Dedio took over PROGRESS, one of Europe's largest archives, which contains, among other things, the entire film heritage of the GDR - thousands of previously unseen treasures from life east of the Iron Curtain. PROGRESS digitizes film and photo collections from all over the world and, with the help of human and artificial intelligence, makes them accessible to the worldwide community of filmmakers through the platform

Nina Goslar
Redakteurin (ZDF/ARTE Fiktion)

Nina Goslar (*1957) studied history of art in Munich and Hamburg. Since 1990 employee of ZDF, since 1994 in the ZDF/ARTE editorial department. She is in charge of the ARTE silent film program - including live performances such as ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (2006), ‘Metropolis’ (2010) or ‘La Roue’ (2019); in addition she is in charge of historical soundfilms and documentaries about filmhistory for ARTE. In 2017 she got the Honorary Award of the German Cinematheque Association for her film cultural commitment.

Karin Jurschick
Dept. IV, Documentary Film (HFF München)

Born 1959 in Essen, living and working in Munich and Berlin. Cultural editor. From 1990 director for public German TV. Lecturer at universities such as Cologne's Academy of Media Arts and the Universities of Bochum and Berlin. Since 2000 director and producer of full-length documentaries. Awards include: FIPRESCI, Berlinale Forum / ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis / Prix Regard Neuf, Visions du Réel / ADOLF GRIMME AWARD / First Documentary Award, HOT DOCS, Toronto. Since October 2017 professor for documentary film at the University for Film and Television (HFF) Munich.

Euridice Zaituna Kala
(Euridice Kala)

Born in Maputo (1987) is an artist based in Paris. She was trained as a photographer at the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg. Recent monographic exhibition includes: Untitled, ADN_ Sea(e) scapes, 2021 at galerie Salon H, Paris, and I, the Archive,2020, at Villa Vassilieff, Paris. She is the winner of the ADAGP/ Villa Vassilieff Fellowship 2019-2020, a finalist of the SAM art Prix (2018). Kala’s work will be included in the 5th Casablanca Biennial, Morocco, and she an artist in residency at Urbane Kunst Ruhr in Germany in 2019-2020. She is the founder and co-organiser of e.a.s.t. (Ephemeral Archival Station), a lab and platform for long-term artistic research projects, established in 2017.

Julia Teichmann
Head of Documentary & Regional Desk Central and Eastern Europe (German Films)
Simon Witter
Footage Archive / Licensing (British Pathé Ltd.)

A print journalist at 19, Simon Witter quickly developed a parallel career as a TV researcher, leading on to decades of work as an award-winning arts and entertainment Producer/Director. His documentaries have been broadcast in primetime on BBC1, ITV1, Sky Arts, C5, PBS, ARTE and RTL, and syndicated to 35 countries. As of April 2017, he is a Business Development Manager at British Pathé with responsibility for all German-speaking Europe eastwards to Russia, and UK production companies.