Written by Shona Smith on Dec 6, 2019. Posted in Awards and Festivals

Makers & Shakers Awards launches to celebrate excellence in production

The Location Guide, makers and FOCUS have launched the Makers & Shakers Awards supported by Equals. The Makers & Shakers Awards celebrate excellence in the global creative screen industries and will shine a spotlight on significant ideas and initiatives from across the global screen content production support industry.

The awards are open to commercial, TV, film, animation and gaming sectors, the aim to recognise exceptional film commissions, government film liaison offices, studios, production services, facilities, support businesses and individuals that have provided innovative and impactful contributions to the international screen production sector.

Jean-Frederic Garcia, Managing Director of The Location Guide and FOCUS Event Director says, “We feel it is important to recognise the achievements of professionals who work tirelessly to facilitate and support the work of creatives. Traditional awards are fantastic at honouring the best creative work, but can overlook the achievements of professionals who pioneer change within the global industry. That’s how Makers & Shakers Awards was born: with the intention of celebrating exceptional work that’s being done on the ground all across the world”. 

Makers and Shakers are delighted to support the awards.  Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO, Equals “Our ethos at Equals is to make money management simple by finding solutions to complex problems. We are delighted to partner with Makers & Shakers Awards to celebrate those in the creative industries who display the same level of ingenuity that is at the heart of our mission”.

On December 4th 2019 the launch of the Makers & Shakers Awards with their partners Equals took place at BAFTA, Piccadilly. Attendees included Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE from Pact, Kayvan Mashayekh from the PGA, Lori Balton from the LMGI and professionals from Blink, Potboiler and Smuggler.

At the launch seven award categories were announced including Initiative to Grow Local Industry and Technical Innovation. During the reception the guests were invited to suggest who they would like to nominate. Entrants can find all the categories and criteria and register their interest at www.makersandshakersawards.com. Nominations will open in May 2020 and the official Awards ceremony will take place on December 9th 2020.

About The Location Guide: The Location Guide began as a filming directory over 20 years ago. It has grown into a trusted digital, print and event networking platform for the global screen industries, covering commercial, TV and film, animation and gaming. Makers & Shakers Awards follows in the footsteps of our FOCUS event that provides a meeting place for everyone involved in the creative industries, The Location Guide and our makers magazine that offer further inspirational content and contacts.

About Equals: It’s our mission to make money management as simple as one plus one. We do this through finding simple solutions to complex problems. That’s why we have partnered with Makers & Shakers to support the production industry and celebrate outstanding achievements and displays of ingenuity. We know the importance of staying on budget during production, which is why we help you pay less, and save more with an easy-to-use spend management tool. Whether that is by managing budgets within the costume department or paying freelancers overseas, we have you covered. At Equals, previously known as FairFX, we’ve helped over a million satisfied customers, move and manage their money over the last 12 years. And we’ve helped 1000’s of productions make location expenses easy. 

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