Out­look for Some­day

Young film makers shine

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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.

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