Someday Champions Make Winning Films

As young people around New Zealand start making films for this year's Someday Challenge last year's winners are scooping up new awards.


As young people around New Zealand start making films for this year's Someday Challenge last year's winners are scooping up new awards.

For anyone aged up to 24 the annual challenge is to make a sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.

The prize package for each of the 20 winning films includes a commitment that it will be entered into at least one international film festival the following year.

So far in 2017 three of the winning films from 2016 have gone on to win further awards and another six have been nominated at film festivals in New Zealand and overseas.

"We call our winning film-makers Someday Champions and it's great to see them being recognised as champions elsewhere. I'm really proud of what they're achieving," said David Jacobs, Director of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project for young people.

The Outlook for Someday has evolved from its origins in 2007 as a film challenge to a complete film-making talent development pathway. It comprises film-making workshops for young people and the Someday Stories funded films made by emerging young film-makers.

Someday Workshops are now taking place throughout New Zealand and the first series of Someday Stories will be online from 24 August.

"After Someday Champions have travelled the Someday pathway, they're ready to take their next steps as professional film-makers and sustainability storytellers," said David Jacobs.

The entry deadline for the Someday Challenge in 2017 is 8 September.

The film-maker or team behind each of the 20 winning films will be honoured at The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at Auckland's Aotea Centre in December.

To enter the Someday Challenge go to

To register for a Someday Workshop go to


The Outlook for Someday in 2017 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New ZealandNew Zealand Film CommissionNZ On AirMinistry of Youth DevelopmentDepartment of Conservation (through the DOC Community Fund), Auckland CouncilHealth Promotion AgencyToimata Foundation and Weta Digital.

Media Partners are Māori TelevisionThe WirelessThe CoconetThe Adam & Eve ShowWhat NowTearawayUpstart and Screenz.

Funding Partners are Te Māngai PāhoCreative New Zealand's Creative Communities SchemeThe Trusts Community FoundationLion FoundationDragon Community TrustFour Winds Foundation and BlueSky Community Trust.

Regional Partners are Foundation NorthRotorua Energy Charitable TrustEastern and Central Community TrustWellington Community TrustCommunity Trust of Mid and South CanterburyRātā FoundationCentral Lakes TrustOtago Community Trust and Community Trust of Southland.

Photogear is Technology Partner, O'Halloran North Shore is Accountancy Partner and Stephens Lawyers is Honorary Legal Advisor.

Rockstock and Soar Printing are Paper and Print Partners.

Auckland LiveKarma Cola and Austin's are Event Partners.

The Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) and the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) are Industry Partners.

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The Outlook for Someday

5 Jul 2017

The Outlook for Someday is New Zealand’s sustainability film project for young people.The Someday Challenge is for anyone up to age 24 to make a sustainability-related film, any genre, any length up to 5 minutes.