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Check out the 2016 Someday Shortlist


28 October 2016

Congratulations to the film-makers whose short films have made the Someday Shortlist for 2016.

The 39 shortlisted films are listed below. They have been selected from the 115 entries to this year's Someday Challenge.

As well as celebrating the shortlisted films we commiserate with all entrants whose films have not been shortlisted.

Like last year we are screening Shortlisted Films online at Vimeo.  

20 winning films will be selected by a Judging Team that includes people from media, education, government and business.

If they wish the judges can choose any non-shortlisted film to be a winning film, although that has never happened in the previous 9 years of the film challenge.

The winning films will be available for viewing from 28 November on The Outlook for Someday website.

At that point the online vote will start for the Audience Favourite. The vote will close at midnight on Monday 5 December.

The winning film-makers will be honoured at The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 8 December.

Among their prizes will be a commitment that their film will be entered into at least one international film festival in 2017.

As in previous years one of the 20 winning films will also be chosen as The Body Shop Standout Winner, for which the prize package includes a mentorship with Fraser Brown.

Like last year The Someday Awards will be livestreamed. The livestream will be available for watching at The Outlook for Someday website or Facebook page on 8 December or later.


Encore by Faga Tuigamala (16) from Auckland

We May Not See Them by a team aged 13-14 from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington

Our Superheroes by Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland

Just Another Word by Mercedes Van Royen (12) from Timaru

Grow by Amber Oliver (15) and Tiffany Ilott (16) from Kapiti College in Wellington

The Juice Box Bandit by Samarah Basir (9) and Kristy Goundar (9) from Halsey Drive School in Auckland

Tune in to Life by a team aged 11-18 from Katikati

This Is Not OK! by a team aged 10-11 from Ngaio School in Wellington

Avarice by Sarah Kolver (17) from Rotorua

Keep Our Beaches Clean! by Toby Day (12) from Pokeno

Wired by a team aged 15-16 from Christchurch Girls' High School

Kids Can Reuse by Shelby Allan (10) and Ben Allan (8) from Waitakiri Primary School in Christchurch

The Shake Out by Latham Lee (12) from Auckland

Save the Trees or Pay the Fees by Annelise Burborough (14) and Merciana Fernandes (14) from St Dominic's Catholic College in Auckland

Harikoa by Philadelphia Mete Kingi Kingsford-Brown (15) from Otaki

Ignorance Is Not Sustainable by Kate Falloon (16) and Millie Mclntyre-Gardner (16) from Gisborne Girls' High School

The Pink Triangle by Maizy Grace Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi (13) from Otaki

The New Kid by a team aged 15-16 from Alfriston College in Auckland

Whatungarongaro Te Tangata Toitu Te Whenua - Everything Comes From God by a team aged 16-17 from John Paul College in Rotorua

A New Generation by a team aged 17-19 from Auckland

Do You Ever Wish by a team aged 12-14 from Christchurch

Glad To Sea You're On Board by Alice Guerin (20) from Wellington

Dog Island Motu Piu by Sarah Ridsdale (15) from Palmerston North

Our Legacy by Honor Sandall (17) and Tiahli Curran (18) from Otago Girls' High School in Dunedin

Rāwhiti Living by a team aged 8-12 from Rāwhiti School in Christchurch

Recycling! by a team aged 13-16 from Chanel College in Masterton

Why New Zealand Farmers Lead the World by Dean Stewart (12) from Invercargill

The Demise of the Bees by a team aged 7-9 from Pongakawa School in Te Puke

Elusion by a team aged 18-21 from Auckland

He Kākano by a team aged 10-11 from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa in Masterton

Warning by Neihana Lowe (17) from Auckland

Imagine by Michael Jessup (19) from Auckland

Generation G by Mason Cade Packer (17) and James Murray (18) from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch

It Can Be Different by Isla Christensen (18) from Hastings

Behind the Eyes by a team aged 13-14 from Roxburgh Area School in Otago

The Ultimate Sacrifice by Hunter Williams (17) from Auckland

Climate Change... New Zealand's a Keeper by Lily Kitto-Thomas (14) and Daisy Kitto-Thomas (12) from Dunedin

All You Need is Loaf by a team aged 15-23 from Palmerston North

Talbot Forest: The Gem of Geraldine by Max Paterson (16) from Geraldine  


The Outlook for Someday in 2016 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New ZealandNZ On AirNew Zealand Film CommissionMinistry of Youth DevelopmentDepartment of Conservation (through the DOC Community Fund), Health Promotion AgencyAuckland Council and Toimata Foundation.

Media Partners are Māori TelevisionThe WirelessThe CoconetThe Adam & Eve ShowWhat NowTearawayUpstart and Screenz.

Funding Partners are Te Māngai PāhoCreative New Zealand's Creative Communities SchemeThe Trusts Community FoundationFour Winds FoundationClyde Graham Charitable TrustDragon Community Trust and BlueSky Community Trust.

Regional Partners are Foundation NorthTrust WaikatoRotorua Energy Charitable TrustEastern and Central Community TrustWellington Community TrustRātā FoundationWest Coast Community TrustOtago Community Trust and Community Trust of Southland.

Auckland LiveKarma Cola and Austin's are Event Partners.

Rockstock and Soar Printing are Paper and Print Partners.

Industry Partners are SPADA and the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand.

Photogear is Technology Partner, O'Halloran North Shore is Accountancy Partner, Stephens Lawyers is Honorary Legal Advisor and Hello Monday is HR Partner.