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Request for Proposals

  • This Request for Proposals (RFP) invites funding applications from emerging young film-makers from Aotearoa to make sustainability-focused short films.
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 25 November 2019.
  • There is an Application Form, Budget Template as well as a checklist for what to submit here.

The Films

The idea is that Someday Stories are:

  • Diverse
    The sustainability theme is broad and inclusive. It embraces environment, society, culture, health, human rights and peace.
  • Innovative, imaginative and eclectic

Any genre is welcome - drama, documentary, music video or whatever - and so is live action, animation or a mix of both.

The films might be edgy, enchanting, funny, inspiring, reflective...

Together they will spark ideas, stimulate debate and convey important information.

For Someday Stories 2020, we will be specifically looking to commission at least one film that conveys te ao Māori and has at least 50% te reo Māori content.


The initiative is targeted towards emerging young film-makers rather than mid stage or more experienced film-makers.

The contracted production teams will include;

  • a Director
  • a Producer

There may be variations on the above (e.g Writer/Director or Co-Producers) but there must be a minimum of two people spread across the roles defined above.

Applications are therefore invited from production teams who;

  • are aged 18 - 29
    i.e born between 1 July 1990 and 1 February 2002
  • have not previously received funding from NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho or the New Zealand Film Commission
    This includes either directly or via another scheme for emerging film-makers funded by either of those agencies.
    An exception to this rule is where a film-maker has received a commission to make a music video that has been funded by NZ On Air.
    Further exceptions may be made at the discretion of Connected Media.
  • Are New Zealand citizens or resident

NB: Additional people working on the film such as key HOD’s, cast & crew members are not required to meet the above eligibility requirements.

Multiple Submissions?

Individual film-makers can be involved in more than one application but they will not be able to be part of the production team (or be involved in any significant role such as Director of Photography or Editor) for more than one of the six commissioned films.

Compatible with Full-Time Study?

Making a film for the series is unlikely to be compatible with full-time study, except possibly during the final year of a tertiary film / tv / media studies course provided that making the film for Someday Stories is considered by the tertiary institution as also delivering a significant course requirement and manageable in the context of any other course commitments.

A letter would need to be provided by the tertiary institution outlining how making the film will be compatible with course requirements and commitments. The Outlook for Someday team would also need to liaise directly with relevant course personnel both prior to commissioning and during production of the film.

Production, Budgets and Mentors

Each commissioned production team will work with The Outlook for Someday team, who will manage and executive produce the series.

Each production will have a contracted budget of up to $10,000, which will be provided to the production teams in instalments to finance their films from pre-production to final cut.

The $10,000 budget

  • is expected to include payment for everyone involved in making the film (including those in key roles such as Producer, Director, Producer/Director, Co-Producer and/or Writer).
  • is not expected to include grading and audio mixing, which will be organised separately with the film-makers by The Outlook for Someday team.

Each production team will also be assigned a production mentor from the New Zealand film industry. The mentors will support them as they navigate their creative and logistical journey from commissioned proposal to final cut.

Selection Process

Producers for shortlisted applications will be contacted by 2 December 2019 in order to arrange meetings with members of The Outlook for Someday team.

The meetings will take place in person or via Skype the following week (9-12 December) with each meeting lasting approximately one hour.

In those meetings the production team for each shortlisted application will have an opportunity to pitch their project face-to-face. There will also be discussion regarding any further development of the application/proposal.

Producers for shortlisted applications will need to provide any further evolved or updated documents by 10 January 2020.

The six Someday Stories will then be selected in consultation with the Screen Partners and commissioned in late January 2020.

Availability for Key Production Events

Production teams will need to be able to commit sufficient time and availability to complete their productions in accordance with the Someday Stories 2020 series production schedule. In addition to being available to meet the needs of their own productions, this will also mean being available for several key production events including:

9-12 December
Shortlisted application meetings

31 January
Someday Stories Gathering

Mid-June to mid-July
Colour Grading and Sound Mixing in Auckland


25 November 2019
Application Deadline

9-12 December 2019
Meetings with Shortlisted Production Teams

10 January 2020
Deadline for evolved or updated application
documents from Shortlisted Production Teams

Late January 2020
Commissioning and Contracting

31 January 2020
Someday Stories Gathering

February - May 2020
Production to Rough Cut stage

Late-May - Mid-June 2020
Sign off of Final Cuts

Late June / Early July 2020
Grading and Audio Post-Production

July 2020
Completion of Delivery Requirements

August - September 2020
Promotion and Release

Production & Content Requirements

Each commissioned film-maker / team will be contracted to produce and deliver their film on schedule and in line with industry standards.

They will confirm that:

  • They are entitled to use all material in their film for it to be screened throughout the world in/on any media as well as in advertising, promotion and publicity of the film and of Someday Stories - and that they will provide all necessary licenses and releases to that effect.
  • All personnel involved in making their film (including themselves) will be paid, credited and contracted under the relevant industry body approved contract (which are available from each relevant union or guild).
  • They will produce their film on an equal opportunities basis (to the extent possible).
  • They will produce their film in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the NZ Screen Sector Health & Safety Guidelines at
  • Their film will be of a technical quality that is appropriate for it to be screened online, broadcast on television and shown at film festivals.
  • Their film will
    • meet the standards in section 4(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 (including as those standards can be modified to apply to content that is not a "programme" under the Act).
    • meet the "Don't Cross the Line" rules in YouTube's Community Guidelines.
    • be consistent with legislated standards for content intended for audiences of young people aged at least 15, including under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.
    • be able to receive an unrestricted rating from New Zealand's Film and Video Labelling Body.


Please email any enquiries about this Request for Proposals to