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‘Downton Abbey’, ‘The Essex Serpent’, ‘Love Island’ & Drylab all feature in inaugural Global Production Awards shortlist

Celia li

13 Apr 2023

Screen International can unveil the shortlist for the inaugural Global Production Awards which celebrates outstanding and sustainable work in the world of film and TV production, locations and studios.

The awards recognise organisations and companies working in the film and TV industry including studios, production companies, film commissions, location, suppliers and manufacturers and any services involved in film and TV production. 

Among the companies shortlisted are Fremantle, Film i Väst, Warner Bros, Universal and See-Saw Films.

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The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023.

Judges for the inaugural Global Production Awards include senior vice president at HBO Jay Roewe; Elvis producer Schuyler Weiss, president of production and development at Bazmark; Amazon Studios’ head of worldwide production and post-production, Tim Clawson; producer and former Sundance executive Bird Runningwater; and the Association of Film Commissioners International’s (AFCI) executive director, Jaclyn Philpott.

The expert judging panel was assembled by specialist strategy consultancy Olsberg SPI, whose CEO Jonathan Olsberg and managing director Leon Forde will be co-chairing judging panels, along with Screen International editor Matt Mueller.

The Global Productions Awards is in association with Screen’s sister brands KFTV_and _Broadcast. Confirmed sponsors for the inaugural awards to date include Film AlUla, Sunbelt Rentals and HERO (gold); Calgary Economic Development (silver); and Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office (category partner). 

For more information on the awards, please email

Production Awards shortlist 2023 

Sustainable Production (sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals)

  • Downtown Abbey: A New Era (Universal Filmed Entertainment Group - US)

  • Farmen (The Farm) (Fremantle/Strix - Norway)

  • Got Talent España (Got Talent Spain) (Fremantle - Spain)

  • Irgendwas Mit Medien (Something With Media) (UFA/Fremantle - Germany)

  • La Chimera (tempesta/EcoMuvi - Italy)Love Island - Gran Canaria Hub (ITV Studios - UK)

  • Say “Yes” to Sustainability on the Set of Nope (Universal Pictures and Monkeypaw Productions - US)

  • Siccità (Drought) (Wildside/Fremantle - Italy)

  • The Essex Serpent (See-Saw Films - UK)

Location of the Year (sponsored by HERO) 

  • Chiliadou Beach, Greece for Triangle Of Sadness (Hellenic Film Commission)

  • Helsetkopen, Norway (Western Norway Film Commission)

  • Rauma Valley, Norway (Western Norway Film Commission)

  • Standing Sets - Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Calgary Economic Development)

Emerging Location (sponsored by Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office)

  • City of Zagreb, Croatia (Zagreb Film Office)Film AlUla (Saudi Arabia)

  • Film Friendly Samaná (Dominican Republic Film Commission - DGCINE)

  • Film in Limerick (Ireland)New Mexico Film Office (US)

City of Film

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Calgary Economic Development)

  • Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (Obala Art Centar)

  • Trollhättan, Trollywood, Sweden (Film i Väst)

  • Wellington, New Zealand (Screen Wellington)

Diversity & Inclusion 

  • Dreaming Whilst Black (Big Deal Films) (UK)

  • Fashion Dis (Nikki Ray Media Agency) (Canada)

  • Great British Photography Challenge (Storyboard Studios) (UK)

  • Money On My Mind (Storyboard Studios) (UK)

  • Mountain Boy (Flying Tiger Entertainment & Desert Rose Films) (UK)

  • Universal Below-the-Line Traineeship on the set of Nope (Universal Filmed Entertainment Group) (US)

Film Commission Team 

  • Dominican Republic - Dream It, We Have It (Dominican Republic Film Commission - DGCINE)

  • Film i Väst Production Advisors (Film i Väst) (Sweden)

  • Not Just a Magical Desert (The Royal Film Commission - Jordan)

  • The Australian Job (Ausfilm International Ltd) (Australia)

Outstanding Use of Location - Film or TV series 

  • Helsetkopen, Norway (Western Norway Film Commission)

  • Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché (Modern Films) (UK)

  • The Essex Serpent (See-Saw Films) (UK)

Studio of the Year

  • Film i Väst - Studio Fares (Sweden)Garden Studios (UK)

  • Stage Fifty (UK)Versa London Studios (UK)

Community Impact

  • Film i Väst Community Engagement (Film i Väst) (Sweden)

  • Garden Community (Garden Studios) (UK)

  • #OregonMade Creative Foundation (Oregon Film Office) (US)

  • “The Staircase” 

  • Sustainable Production (Warner Bros Discovery, HBOMax) (US)

  • Workforce Development: A Local Foundation with Global Impact (The Royal Film Commission - Jordan)

Production Innovation 

  • Call It! Creating Safer, Fairer Productions (Call It!) (UK)

  • La Brea (Universal Studio Group) (US)

  • On-Set Production Tool and Dailies Distribution Platform (Drylab Media Tech) (UK)

  • Violette (Copenhagen Industries) (Denmark)

Sustainability Initiative 

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