Some of the most ardent warriors in California’s fight against runaway production were among the honorees at the 22nd Annual California On Location Awards (COLAs), which will took place Sunday, November 13 at The Beverly Hilton’s famed International Ballroom. The COLAs recognize location managers, public employees and other professionals who help facilitate on location production across the Golden State. The 2016 Awards were presented amid a spirit of growing optimism, as results from the first full year of the state’s expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0 show substantial progress in reaffirming California’s status as the world’s production capital. More than 500 attendees enjoyed this year’s invitation-only awards ceremony. Produced by the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), the COLAs have grown to become the largest awards program and industry event focused on recognizing the work of California location professionals. This year’s awards program will also included a presentation of the special Signature Award to California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch. The Signature Award is the highest COLA honor, and is presented only when an individual or group demonstrates extraordinary determination, spirit and success in keeping production in California. It was last presented in 2014 to a team of industry professionals for their efforts to facilitate passage of legislation to expand the state’s tax credit program. “No one has been a better partner and champion for filming in California than Amy Lemisch,” said COLA Co-chair and Imperial County Film Commissioner Charla Teeters. “Amy has worked tirelessly to facilitate production and ensure California remains competitive. She somehow manages to blend fierce tenacity with heartfelt kindness – a combination that makes her uniquely effective. She is California’s best weapon in the fight against runaway production, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.” The list of 2016 COLA finalists was culled from nearly 150 film, television and commercial submissions. Finalists and winners are determined via a vote by members of FLICS, past COLA winners and a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members. Award categories range from Studio and Independent Feature Films to TV Series, Commercials, Reality and Music Videos. Awards are also presented in multiple Public Employee of the Year categories.
California On Location Awards are the brainchild of Film Commissioner Sheri Davis, who lead the Inland Empire commission for over twenty years.
Above: Sheri Davis and Greg Alpert, COLA Honoree and Location Manager Extraordinare
Janice Arrington, COLA Chair; Amy Lemisch, California Film Commission Executive Director; Mayor Eric Garcetti; Charla Teeters-Stewart, COLA Chair