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Announcing Diverse Someday Challenge 2016 Winners


28 November 2016

Miramar tour for winning young film-makers
Voting Starts for Audience Favourite 

13 of the 20 winning films in the 10ᵗʰ annual Someday Challenge have been made by young women film-makers or teams. 6 of them have been made by Māori film-makers or teams.

"For 10 years now The Outlook for Someday project has helped grow a generation of sustainability storytellers," says project director David Jacobs.

"This year's winning film-makers represent the diversity of their generation and they are embracing challenging subject matter with powerful storytelling. It bodes well for the future of New Zealand film-making."

The 20 films have been made by individuals and teams aged 7 to 21 from all over the country: Roxburgh, Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Otaki, Masterton, Palmerston North, Hastings, Rotorua, Te Puke and Auckland.

The young people behind each of the winning films will be honoured in The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 8 December.

Some of the young people behind the winning films will go on a one-day tour of Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post and Stone Street Studios, including a visit to the set of ‘Mortal Engines'.

The Miramar tour is for the film chosen by the judges as The Body Shop Standout Winner and for the film that wins the vote for NZ On Air Audience Favourite.

The online vote starts today and closes at midnight on Monday 5 December. The prize package for the winning film also includes a Panasonic Ultra HD 4K camera donated by Photogear.

The climax of The Someday Awards ceremony will be the announcement and screening of The Body Shop Standout Winner. As well as the Miramar tour the winning film-maker(s) will benefit from a mentorship with Someday Ambassador actor/producer Fraser Brown.

The ceremony will be livestreamed, enabling families, friends, schools and communities of the winning film-makers to watch it all unfold from wherever they are.

The Someday Challenge asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.

Judges from the film industry, education, government and business selected this year's 20 winning films out of 115 entries involving 395 young people.

The winning films (listed below with synopses) can be watched at The Outlook for Someday website.



Avarice by Sarah Kolver (17) from Rotorua
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A poetic take on the industrialisation of nature.

Behind the Eyes by a team aged 13-14 from Roxburgh Area School in Otago
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A conversation starter on teenage mental health.

Do You Ever Wish by a team from Christchurch (aged 12-14)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A video essay that uses the power of community to address identity and acceptance.

Dog Island Motu Piu by Sarah Ridsdale (15) from Palmerston North
Genre: Animated Docudrama
Synopsis: A claymation docudrama about conserving New Zealand's native flora and fauna told through the eyes of Tua and Tara.

Elusion by Darwin Velasco (20) and Bo Treat (18) from Auckland
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A drama tackling issues of poverty and identity in the modern world through an international student's eyes.

Encore by Faga Tuigamala (16) from Auckland
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary exploring how young people connect with music in schools.

Glad To Sea You're On Board by Alice Guerin (20) from Wellington
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: An informative call to action on over-fishing.

Harikoa by Philadelphia Mete Kingi Kingsford-Brown (15) from Otaki
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: An uplifting portrait of happiness sustaining people and their community.

He Kākano by a team from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa in Masterton (aged 10-11)
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A story about the importance of keeping te reo Māori alive and thriving in New Zealand.

It Can Be Different by Isla Christensen (18) from Hastings
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A young woman advocates for the future of our environment.

Just Another Word by Mercedes Van Royen (12) from Timaru
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A personal perspective on depression and suicide.

Our Superheroes by Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary that raises awareness about the personal and community impact of childhood cancer.

Tama Iti by a team from Kaitaia College (aged 12-16)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A story connecting with tikanga Māori and passing on guardianship through generations.

The Demise of the Bees by a team from Pongakawa School in Te Puke (aged 7-9)
Genre: Animated Docudrama
Synopsis: An animated insight into how our survival depends on plants, pollen, nectar and our buzzy friends.

The Juice Box Bandit by Samarah Basir (9) and Kristy Goundar (9) from Halsey Drive School in Auckland
Genre: Silent Movie
Synopsis: A silent film in which Sheriff Water Bottle squares up against a wasteful outlaw.

The New Kid by a team from Alfriston College in Auckland (aged 15-16)
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A confronting depiction of high school bullying.

The Pink Triangle by Maizy Grace Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi (13) from Otaki
Genre: Animated Drama
Synopsis: A symbolic film about social diversity and inclusion.

The Ultimate Sacrifice by Hunter Williams (17) and Calum Davies (17) from Auckland
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary about a man who is headed to Mars, and what that means for his family and humanity.

WARNING by Neihana Lowe (17) and Callum Robinson (17) from Auckland
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A quirky satire about unsustainable packaging.

Wired by a team from Christchurch Girls High School (aged 15-16)
Genre: Docudrama
Synopsis: A cautionary tale about technology and the need to look up from our devices.



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 CouncilToimata Foundation and Weta Digital.

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.

Project Supporters are ArovideoAS ColourAuckland Transport, Community Comms CollectiveDefenderBagsecostoreEl FramoKahra Scott-JamesLevi’s® Stores, Lotech Media, Lothlorien Organic Fruit Juices, MediaPasifika, Middle-earth HoneyNew Zealand PostPastel City, Random GraphixVotre Arme and WWF New Zealand.