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Annual film challenge shortlist announced

The Outlook for Someday, a project run by Connected Media Charitable Trust, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Someday Challenge, 2018.

The Someday Challenge invites young people of Aotearoa New Zealand to create a short film, of any genre, based on sustainability.

Winners in previous years have gone on to carve out careers in film and many have had their work selected for screening in international festivals.

This year there were 133 entries from film-makers as young as eight through to young adults. Films arrived via Digital Pigeon, snail mail – and even by hand. One came all the way from a New Zealander living in the UK.

The shortlisting team say that film-makers’ interpretations of sustainability are hugely varied and highly original. Themes explored include digital addiction, dementia, determination and disposable cups.

The 40 shortlisted films are now available for viewing on Vimeo.

Next up is Judging Day on Friday 9th November. An independent judging panel comprising representatives from media, education and business sectors will convene for a whole day in Auckland to face the daunting task of choosing 20 Winning Films. And from 26th November, Winning Films will be available for viewing online at Stuff. Viewers will be invited to vote in order to determine the winner of the Stuff Audience Choice Award, 2018.

All winning film-makers will be honoured at The Body Shop Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at St Matthew-in-the-City in central Auckland on 6th December, and there will be prizes galore! These have been specially selected to delight budding film-makers and include entry into at least one international film festival. Click here to see the full list of prizes.

The Someday Awards livestream will be available on Stuff and on The Outlook for Someday website and Facebook page on 6th December.


Time Capsule by Jessica Arlund from the Bay of Plenty
Single Use by Mika Zollner and Xavier Warne of Wellington
Are You Up For The Fight To End Sexual Assault? by Emma Squared from Wellington
by Celeste Fontein from Wellington
Keep the Faith
by Terry Cheng of Auckland
A Conversation About The Weather
by Hunter Williams of Auckland
by Geoff Chen of Auckland
Spread a Little Kindness
by St Albans Empower Youth in the Manawatu
by Brooke Waterson of Auckland
Aviation in The Environment
by Jack Prebble from Canterbury
Te Riri o Mataaho
by Joshua Lynch of Auckland
Stuart the Penguin by Timothy Wallace of Auckland
Selfie Addiction by Nikhilesh Prasad, Bonnie Ye and Harshitha Surendran from Auckland
Insomnia by Faatimah Nisa, Jahnavi Shah and Mavis Chin from Auckland
Anyone by Pieta Prouting, Heidi Vogel, Emma Miron, Gerogia Lowe and Libby Geary of Canterbury
Climate Stories by The Goldens, Auckland
Kiwi Cops by Cheyenne Lewis of Gisborne
Can-do Kiwi by Charlie Nichols in the UK
A Difference by Poppy Peate, Weiyi Jiang, Liam Parry, Alysha Watene, Claire Cruse, Kaitlin Hay and Yubin Han from the Waikato
Sustainable People on Banks Peninsula by Marco Varray of Canterbury
Jimmy's Garden by Team Ridsdale in the Manawatu
Sustainable + Happiness by Charlotte Howe and Olivia Willcock of Canterbury
Egosystem by Isabella Duffus and Jemimah Frost of Canterbury
MI Culture by Jonathon Funaki from Auckland
The Sustainability Dilemma
by Becki Moss and Rachel Cooper from Auckland
What Matters Is by Luka Wolfgram from Auckland
Allies of the Earth
by Gitanjali Bhatt of ¬Auckland
by Arlo Byron from the Bay of Plenty
Dead Air
by Grace Maguire and McKenzie Preston of Canterbury
Gaming Addiction
by Raiyan Khan, Andrew Ma and Farhaan Mohammed from Auckland
Fortnite Addiction
by Ricky Bassano, Gurmehar Bajwa, Jasper Carpenter from Auckland
All The Earth by Laura Kelliher and Tara Macdonald of Canterbury
All for One Lockers Project
by Yashna Kumar of Auckland
Ari's World
by Irava Upu of Auckland
Let's Not Waste It
by Seren Stevens and Lydia Hayden in the Waikato
Making the World a better place with Sport by Ethan Fulford, Matthew Richards in the Waikato
Shedding Light on Mental Illness by Ally Lin, Michaela Rohm and Avantikha Mudalier in Auckland
Dear Grief by Luka Wolfgram from Auckland
The Beach Restoration Day! by Neve Curtis and Addisyn Lawrence of Otago
Nature in Trouble by Martin Cole, Jeremy Cole and Daniel Cocker of Otago

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