Young NZ film makers step up
Aptly named, The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge inspires young people all around the country to take up their video cameras for change.
This year’s 20 Winning Films in The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge are released today at theoutlookforsomeday.net
The films can also be watched from today on the Element website (elementmagazine.co.nz), where there is an online vote for the Element Audience Favourite closing on Monday, December 2.
Now in its seventh year, The Outlook for Someday includes an annual film challenge and a national series of sustainability film making workshops. A total of 1063 young people participated in the film challenge and workshops this year.
The Outlook for Someday film challenge asks young people aged up to 24 to make a short sustainability related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to five minutes.
A judging team of 12 people from media, education, government and business selected the 20 winners out of 153 entries from all over New Zealand.
The judges included Sophie Barclay, online editor at Element magazine, who said “I was blown away by the calibre of films I saw.
“I was also impressed by the breadth of topics covered. There are a lot of things that we, as a society, need to address, and The Outlook for Someday is helping to cultivate awareness among young people that they can create their own future.”
Made by individuals and teams from seven to 24 years old the winning films tackle social and health issues as well as environmental subjects. They cover shark finning, palm oil, water quality, endangered sea lions, climate change, fair trade, drug addiction and community reuse of resources.
David Jacobs, director of Connected Media, which runs the Outlook for Someday challenge, has watched the rules around media and film dissolve and reform into something fresh. “It’s no longer the 20th century top-down public service broadcasting model of media designed to educate, entertain and inform that presides. The new principles of access, empowerment, participation, innovation and illumination are what you can see in play here. I think these young film makers are emerging into a new era which is still to define itself.”
Jacobs says that making films about social and environmental sustainability brings meaning to the initiative. “If you’re a young film maker you are not going to be completely satisfied if you’re making candyfloss. These young people are making meaningful films and also making a contribution to the wider community.”
The winning film makers will be honoured in the redcarpet awards ceremony on Thursday, December 5 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland’s THE EDGE performing arts and entertainment hub.
As well as receiving prizes the young film-makers will each find out which of the 20 Special Awards they have won.
The Element Audience Favourite will also be announced at the ceremony, winning its maker(s) an iPad and a video camera.
The finale will be the announcement and screening of the film chosen as The Body Shop Standout Winner, for which the prize package includes Unitec courses or film production facilities to the value of $8000.
Last year’s Standout winner, seventeen-year-old Natasha Bishop, brought her film Arboraceous to the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), where it won the Best Newcomer and Best Animation awards. emerging into a new era which
is still to define itself.”