Young New Zealand film-makers tell their sustainability stories
Voting Starts today for Stuff Audience Choice
This year's winning films in the Someday Challenge have been announced.
The film challenge, which has been running annually since 2007, asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.
The 20 winning films have been made by individuals and teams from 9 to 22 years old from all over the country: Millers Flat, Christchurch, Wellington, Otaki, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Putaruru and Auckland.
A Judging Team of 12 people from media, education, government and business selected the winners from 75 entries, involving 246 young people.
The winning films (listed below with synopses) are now live at Stuff.co.nz.
An online vote for the Stuff Audience Choice will run from today until midnight on Monday 4 December.
The film-maker or team behind the vote-winning film will receive a prize package that includes a Panasonic HC-WXF995 4K Ultra HD Camcorder donated by Photogear.
Anyone in New Zealand who takes part in voting has a chance to win a $100 voucher to spend at The Body Shop plus a signed copy of Ecoman by Malcolm Rands and a box of either Karma Cola, Gingerella or Lemmy Lemonade.
Ten voters will also receive a $25 voucher to spend at The Body Shop.
The young people behind each of the 20 winning films will be honoured at The Body Shop Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 7 December.
Among their prizes will be a commitment that their film will be entered into at least one international film festival in 2018.
As well as receiving their prizes the winning film-makers will find out which special award (listed below) they have each won.
The climax of the ceremony will be the announcement and screening of the film chosen as the NZ On Air Standout Winner, for which the prize package includes a mentorship with a New Zealand film producer in association with the Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA).
The ceremony will also be livestreamed, enabling families, friends, schools and communities of the winning film-makers to watch it all unfold from wherever they are.
THE 20 WINNING FILMS
Archie by Hollie Cohen (17) from New Plymouth
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A cheeky child's-eye-view on sustainability.
Clever Trevor by Sam Ridsdale (12) from Palmerston North
Genre: Animated Documentary
Synopsis: An animated documentary which tells the story of Trevor's clever decision to explore owning an electric vehicle.
Environmental Defenders by a team from Pomaria Road School (9-11) in Auckland
Synopsis: A superhero adventure story with a strong message for dastardly litterers everywhere.
Hayden's Time Adventure by a team from Putaruru College (13-14) in Waikato
Synopsis: A trip to the future and back in order to show us the value of self-driving cars.
Inanga by Philly Kingi (16) from Ōtaki
Genre: Animated Documentary
Synopsis: A film that brings us along for the ride with a local community working to help inanga (whitebait).
MADal Stream Cleanup by Michael Jessup (20) and Jenny Ann Sweatman (19) from Auckland
Synopsis: A documentary featuring community participation in work to clean up our waterways.
Penguin Boxes by Michael Jessup (20) from Auckland
Synopsis: A documentary about community action on Great Barrier Island to help one of nature's cutest critters - the Blue Penguin
Plastic Straw Free Rangiora by a team aged from 10-12 from North Loburn School in Canterbury
Synopsis: A documentary about saying no to plastic straws.
See Beyond The Label by Jodi Melody (22) and Sarah-Louise Crawford (22) from Wellington
Synopsis: A dance piece pitting our love for fine and affordable clothing against the realities of sweatshop labour.
small CHANGES by a team aged 9-11 from Waitākiri Primary School in Christchurch
Synopsis: A futuristic docudrama showing how even the smallest changes go towards creating the vibrant future we all want to see.
S.O.S Save Our Seas by Brooke Waterson (22) from Auckland
Genre: Silent Movie
Synopsis: A humorous challenge to apathy about the damage our lifestyles can do to the planet.
Subsistence to Sustainability by Sarah Ridsdale (16) from Palmerston North
Synopsis: A documentary which tells the story of one Ethiopian man's success at bringing sustainable farming to his people.
Te Ara Whakamua by Micah Winiata (19) from Tauranga
Synopsis: A film about the te reo Māori and the importance of its revival.
The Right Bin by Geoff Chen (15) from Auckland
Synopsis: A funky documentary encouraging us to care more about how we dispose of our waste plastic.
The Schoolyard Bullies by Jordan Shanks (11) and Blake Cousens (11) from Somerfield School in Christchurch
Synopsis: A film tackling a student's rise above bullying through friendship.
The Surface by by Lèa Fini (14) from Waiheke
Synopsis: When it comes to mental health statistics there's always more beneath the surface - this film shows it's about real people and their relationships.
The Truth of Technology by a team from Baradene College (14-15) in Auckland
Synopsis: A horror film with a twist - there are no monsters here, only social media.
Tūrangawaewae by a team aged 18-21 from Auckland
Synopsis: A film that uses spoken word to confront questions about cultural identity.
Wai Parahanga byJosh Boag (16) from New Plymouth
Genre: Animated Drama
Synopsis: A simple animation that cuts to the heart of our relationship with the ocean.
What Is Happiness? by Mackenzie Reid (14) from Otago
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A film seeking empowering answers to big questions about mental health.
THE 20 SPECIAL AWARDS
New Zealand Film Commission Film-making Achievement Award
For a film with outstanding creative / technical quality
Enviroschools Sustainable Future Award
For a film which promotes dialogue on sustainability through a new perspective and/or critical thinking
Department of Conservation Big Picture Award
For a film that relates to the Big Picture focus of DOC's National Education Strategy
Ministry of Youth Development Community Participation Award
For a film focusing on active citizenship
Māori Television Whakatipuranga Award
For a film with a Māori indigenous perspective on sustainability
The Coconet.tv Pasifika Award
For a film by a Pasifika film-maker or team and/or featuring Pasifika language and culture
Villainesse Young Women Film-makers Award
For a film made by a young woman film-maker or team
The Lowdown Award
For a film that focuses on social inclusion and mental wellbeing as a sustainability issue for young people
Karma Cola People and Planet Award
For a film that addresses social justice as a sustainability issue
Auckland Council Film-maker Award
For a film by a film-maker or team from the Auckland region
The Wireless Storytelling Award
For a film with powerful storytelling
Photogear Cinematic Award
For a film with outstanding cinematography
Weta Digital Media Award
For a film with outstanding editing or animation
Stephens Lawyers Young Voices For Change Award
For a film motivating young people and/or decision-makers to be change-makers
Phantom Billstickers Media Empowerment Award
For a film which empowers its viewers and/or its maker
Rockstock Sustainable Lifestyle Award
For a film focusing on lifestyle change for sustainability
The Adam & Eve Show Secondary School Film-makers Award
For a film made by young people of secondary school age
What Now Primary/Intermediate School Film-makers Award
For a film made by young people of primary or intermediate school age
Tearaway Secondary School Performance Award
For a film made by young people of secondary school age with strong on-screen performance
Upstart Magazine Primary/Intermediate School Performance Award
For a film made by young people of primary or intermediate school age with strong on-screen performance
THE OUTLOOK FOR SOMEDAY PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
The Outlook for Someday in 2017 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New Zealand, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho, the New Zealand Film Commission, Ministry of Youth Development, Department of Conservation (through the DOC Community Fund), Health Promotion Agency, Auckland Council, Toimata Foundation and Weta Digital.
Media Partners are Stuff, Māori Television, The Wireless, The Coconet, The Adam & Eve Show, What Now, Tearaway, Upstart, Villainesse and Screenz.
Funding Partners are Creative New Zealand's Creative Communities Scheme, The Trusts Community Foundation, Lion Foundation, Dragon Community Trust, Four Winds Foundation and BlueSky Community Trust.
Regional Partners are Foundation North, Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Trust Waikato, WEL Energy Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Wellington Community Trust, Rātā Foundation, West Coast Community Trust, Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, Central Lakes Trust, Otago 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.
Lifeguard & Safety is Health and Safety Partner and Phantom Billstickers is Promotion Partner.
Rockstock and Soar Printing are Paper and Print Partners.
Auckland Live, Karma Cola and Urban Gourmet 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.
Project Supporters are AS Colour, Auckland Transport Parking Services, Colourspace, DefenderBags, Digital Pigeon, ecostore, El Framo, Hoyts, Kahra Scott-James, Levi's® Stores, Lotech Media, Lothlorien Organic Fruit Juices, MediaPasifika, Middle-earth Honey, Community Post (NZ Post), Pastel City, Radiate Sound, Random Graphix, Red Carpet TV, Show Me Shorts and Votre Arme.