FootageFest, the Three-Day Footage Extravaganza, Returns to Hollywood for Second Year

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FootageFest ‘19, the three-day footage conference, is set to begin on Friday, September 6th in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted in partnership with AMCUP and the Visual Researchers' Society of Canada (VRSC), FootageFest '19 will feature screenings, panel discussions, an exhibit hall and multiple networking events.

Admission is free to all current members of AMCUP or the VRSC – but those wishing to attend need to register at – as there is limited capacity. Last year’s FootageFest sold out three days before the event.

Click here to see the full FootageFest '19 schedule.

Founded in early 2018 by Dominic Dare and Steve Kozak, FootageFest debuted in the fall of last year. The idea of holding a footage-based conference in Los Angeles emerged from a simple realization on the part of Kozak and Dare: they were fed up with traveling.

“It seemed like every content convention was on the East Coast, or else in Canada or Europe,” said Kozak. “Why on earth we had to leave Hollywood – where the heart of the content industry remains -- to trek all over the world baffled us.”

The inaugural two-day “footage extravaganza,” hosted in partnership with FOCAL and AMCUP at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood on September 22-23, 2018, was completely sold out, drawing vendors and attendees from around the world.

This year’s event, set to take place at the historic Women’s Club of Hollywood, will be co-hosted by AMCUP and the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada (VRSC). Several Canadian vendors and more than a dozen Canadian researchers will be coming to Los Angeles for the event. Veritone, the company that acquired Wazee Digital last summer, has signed on as FootageFest ‘19’s platinum sponsor. Retro Video, Jukin Video and ITV Archive are major sponsors, as well.

Friday Night Kickoff

The official Hotel and Social Hub for FootageFest ‘19 is The Hollywood Roosevelt, a Hollywood Landmark. Come for a drink and meet your fellow attendees for an informal get-together in their historic lobby bar.

Saturday Panels

After a scrumptious Canadian breakfast on Saturday morning courtesy of ITV Archive, attendees will be able to attend the following panels:

  • Acquiring/Licensing Local News Content, featuring licensors from KTTV, Fox, NBC and KCBS.

  • Acquiring/Licensing Content from Libraries & Institutions, featuring UK’s Imperial War Museum, UCLA Film & TV Archive and the National Film Board of Canada.

  • Acquiring/Licensing International Content from all over the World, featuring RTE Ireland, the Visual Researchers' Society of Canada, as well as licensing experts specializing in Australia and the Middle East.

  • Acquiring/Licensing Public Domain Content, featuring Veritone, Film Archives, Periscope Film and Peter Kuran.

  • Roundtable: The Fair Use Defense, featuring counsel from Hulu, Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as Partners from the firms of Donaldson + Callif and Davis Wright Tremaine.

  • Tech Talk: All About Compression and Codecs, featuring reps from R2 Store, Retro Video, Grinberg Library, FootageBank and Action Sports Footage.

Saturday Night Networking Cocktails

After a dinner break, the action picks up down the street at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt, where drinks and appetizers await partaking, courtesy of Retro Video.

Sunday Screening in Santa Monica

On Sunday, FootageFest moves west toward the beach -- Santa Monica, specifically -- to screen the magnificent documentary “Apollo 11”. Afterward the film’s archive producer, Stephen Slater, will do a Q & A before drinks and appetizers are served at a local Santa Monica bar.

Click here to see the full FootageFest '19 schedule.


Just some of the international vendors attending will be:

  • Brave Bison

  • Bridgeman Images

  • British Film Institute

  • British Pathe

  • Footage Farm

  • Fremantle Library

  • FOCAL International

  • Huntley Archives

  • Imperial War Museum

  • ITV Archive

  • LOLA Clips

  • National Film Board of Canada

  • R3 Store

  • RTE-Ireland

  • Science Photo Library

…..and from the United States:

  • 123rf

  • All Stock

  • CNN Newsource

  • FootageBank


  • Fox Movietone

  • Framepool/Rightsmith

  • Global Image Works

  • Jukin Media

  • NBC News Archives

  • News Exposure

  • Retro Video

  • Periscope Film

  • Reelin in the Years

  • Screenocean

  • Veritone

  • WPA

Special Guests

And our special guests from New York and London, respectively:

Archive Producers Rich Remsberg (Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President)

and Kate Griffiths (HBO’s Leaving Neverland). Leading the Canadian contingent are veteran researchers Elizabeth Klinck, Elspeth Domville and Nancy Marcotte.

Admission & Registration

Please go to the FootageFest website to register. Remember, only current AMCUP and VRSC members will be allowed free admission. New members can apply at the AMCUP website , and members who need to renew their memberships can send their $55 annual membership fees via PayPal to