2023 CALIFORNIA ON LOCATION AWARDS WINNERS
Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) is pleased to announce winners for the 28th annual California on Location Awards (COLAs) presented December 1, 2023 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.
More than 650 supporters of California-based production attended this year’s awards ceremony to recognize exceptional location managers and teams, public employees, and production companies that help facilitate on-location filming across the Golden State.
Netflix’s upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley” took home Location Manager of the Year (Dan Cooley) and Location Team of the Year awards in the Studio Feature category. The Independent Feature category was similarly swept by “The Greatest Hits,” which clinched awards for Location Manager (Justin Hill) and Location Team. For the Television Episodic 1-Hour category, top honors went to “Daisy Jones and The Six” for Location Manager (Jay Traynor) and “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” for Location Team. Episodic ½-Hour Location Manager honors went to “High Desert” (Stacey Brashear), while “Minx” won for Location Team. Awards were also presented for in multiple Public Employee of the Year categories. See below for the complete list of 2023 COLA winners.
This year’s finalists represented 34 feature film, TV series and commercial projects, including 25 projects that filmed exclusively in California and eight shot entirely on location. Filming occurred over an aggregate 1,837 in-state shoot days (74% on location) at 899 separate locations.
“The COLAs celebrate the incredible endurance, flexibility and creativity that location managers and other professionals bring to diverse projects filmed in California,” said FLICS President and Film Shasta Film Commissioner Sabrina Jurisich. “We are also grateful for the jobs and economic opportunity such projects bring to communities statewide.”
Presenting Sponsors for the 2023 California on Location Awards include Film Lancaster, Fox Studio Lot, Golden Oak Ranch, Studio Air and Power, and Teamsters Local 399. Gold Level Sponsors include the California Film Commission, Pacific Production Services/Pacific Traffic Control, Quixote, Riverside County Film Commission, Santa Clarita Film Office, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Media sponsors include The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap and Variety. An updated list of all 2023 COLA sponsors is available at colaawards.com. For more information, visit https://colaawards.com/.
THE FILM LIAISONS IN CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE (FLICS) works with filmmakers and content producers to facilitate efficient on-location shooting throughout california FREE OF CHARGE.
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Sabrina Jurisich is President of FLICS and Shasta County Film Commissioner.
Bill Bartels is Vice President of FLICS and Ventura County Film Commissioner.
Guy Langman is Secretary of FLICS and is San Diego County Film Commissioner.
Charla Teeters-Stewart serves as FLICS Treasurer and is the Imperial County Film Commissioner.