Outlook for Someday
Young film makers shine
The year’s winning films in The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge have been announced. Made by young Kiwi film makers between the ages of seven and 19 years old, the short films tackle the social and environmental challenges of our time.
As well as films dealing with issues such as wetland restoration, species extinction and care for resources there are others which tackle challenging social issues such as bullying, sex slavery and body image pressure on young women.
There is also some edgy storytelling, including a dystopian vision of compulsory euthanasia and a powerful voice from South Auckland asking us to pay attention to youth suicide.
“This year’s winners tackle big issues with bravery and flair,” says David Jacobs, director of The Outlook for Someday. “Young people are not telling us what they think we want to hear. They’re telling us to listen to what’s important to them.”
The 20 winning films can be watched at elementmagazine. co.nz, where there is an online vote for the Element Audience Favourite closing on Monday, December 7.
They can also be watched on The Outlook for Someday website at theoutlookforsomeday.net
A Judging Team of 11 people from media, education, government and business selected the 20 winners out of 156 entries that came from all over New Zealand and involved 540 young people.
The judges included Gary Farrow, Element magazine’s online editor, who said “The Outlook for Someday is fantastic in that it gives young film-makers a chance to test the waters and express themselves, which is of benefit to us all.
“The judging team had the pleasure and privilege of watching films ranging from informative, sobering and compelling, all the way through to endearing, empowering and inspiring. They were also technically excellent. There are clearly many budding directors and producers among this year’s film challenge entrants.”
The Someday Challenge asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and under five minutes in length.
The winning film-makers will be honoured at The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on December 10. For the first time the ceremony will also be live streamed, enabling families, friends, schools and communities of the winning film-makers to watch it all unfold from wherever they are.
As well as receiving their prizes the winning film-makers will find out which of the 20 Special Awards (listed right) they have each won and which film has been voted Element Audience Favourite.
The film-maker or team behind the film that wins the vote will receive a prize package that includes a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Camera donated by Photogear.
The climax of the ceremony will be the announcement and screening of the film chosen as The Body Shop Standout Winner, for which the prize package includes a mentorship with Someday Ambassador Te Radar and director/writer/ producer Peter Bell.
This year, over a thousand young people took part in either the film challenge or the 32 free one-day and two-day workshops throughout New Zealand from June to August.