The makers & shakers Awards, Celebrate Excellence in Global Production. The awards are brought to you by The Location Guide, makers magazine and FOCUS. The awards aim to recognise and honour ground-breaking ideas and initiatives from players across the spectrum of the global creative screen industry.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 makers and shakers Awards

Winners of the first-ever makers & shakers Awards , supported by Equals Money were revealed during a virtual Awards ceremony on December 14th hosted by comedian Jen Brister. The awards showcased the very best ideas and initiatives from the global film, TV, commercials, and games industries and was a celebratory pre-launch of three-days of industry networking and production intelligence at FOCUS Digital.


Film Commission Initiative of the Year

Lower Austrian Film Commission EVERGREEN PRISMA

Initiative to Grow Local Industry

Northern Film & Media North East Comedy Hot House

Outstanding Creative Use of a Location

Daniel Lee, Location Manager, LMGI The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Production Tech Innovation of the Year

Willco App

Sustainability Award

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission with WrapZERO Guidelines for Sustainable Production

Equals Money Award


Shaker of the Year

Victoria Emslie, Primetime

Read all about the winners in Makers magazine Download here .

Common initiatives that were celebrated during the night cover mental health, gender, diversity and inclusivity. It should also be noted that the winner of the Shaker of the Year Award, which recognises those going above and beyond their duties to improve the sector and are the forces of change, was chosen from an impressive all-female shortlist.

The Location Guide managing director Jean-Frederic Garcia said “ We received entries from all over the world and we are truly grateful for everyone who entered. It has been amazing to see the innovation and creativity the industry produces. There is a lot of hard work going on developing new initiatives, and what people have done during Covid-19 is inspirational. Many of the industry’s key issues have also been addressed in these awards: mental health, gender, diversity and inclusivity

21st July Entries open

11th September Entries Deadline

Shortlist announced online in November

14th December Awards winners announced

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