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.

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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.”

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