COLA finalists announced

Nominees selected by film commissioners, industry pros

Finalists for the 17th annual California on Location Awards were announced Wednesday by FilmL.A. and Film Liaisons in California Statewide.

The awards honor industryites and public employees for excellence during on-location filming in the state of California. Honorees include location managers, assistant location managers, location teams, plus city, county, state and federal officials who facilitate filming.

This year’s nominees — who qualify if they’ve worked on film, TV and commercials shot in California between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011 — were selected by film commissioners and other industry pros.

Finalists include location pros for such films as “Moneyball,” “J. Edgar,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Friends With Benefits”; TV shows like “House M.D.” and “Wilfred”; and commercials for Chevrolet and Hyundai.

Public employee noms include officials from the L.A. Parks Dept., L.A. Sheriff’s Dept., Caltrans and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Winners will be announced Oct. 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Film Liasions is a network of regional film offices and commissions that work with the California Film Commission to facilitate production in the Golden State. Nonprofit org FilmL.A. coordinates and processes permits for on-location shooting in the greater Los Angeles area.

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