Entries are open at www.theoutlookforsomeday.net for the film challenge that takes young New Zealand filmmakers to international audiences.
The Someday Challenge asks young New Zealanders aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to five minutes.
Twenty winning films will be selected by judges from media, education, government and business. The filmmaker or team behind each winning film will receive their prizes at The Someday Awards ceremony at Auckland’s Aotea Centre in December. The prize package for each winning film includes a commitment that the film will be entered into at least one international film festival in 2016.
The entry deadline for the film challenge is 11 September.
So far, five winning films from last year’s Someday Challenge have received nominations in international film festivals and the short film Te Ao o te Tuturuatu made by 11-year-old Tōmairangi Harvey of Christchurch has won the Best Young Filmmaker Award at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.
The film is a five minute animated story of the endangered Tuturuatu (Shore Plover/Dotterel) and its habitat and survival in New Zealand.
Tomairangi is the youngest filmmaker ever to have a film selected in the 25 year history of the festival, which is the most prestigious of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. This year it selected 48 films to screen in competition out of 1853 entries from 112 countries.
“Tōmairangi Harvey has won the Best Young Filmmaker Award at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.”
As well as writing, directing and animating her film entirely by herself when she was eleven, Tomairangi also narrated it in te reo Maori.
“The sympathy, deep feeling and love that 11 year old Maori girl Tomairangi Harvey feels for the shore dotterel overflows from her animated film and was clearly conveyed to us,” said the festival judges.
“I like the idea of showing people through film, the world, the truth,” said Tomairangi. “Te reo Maori is a way for me to show people through my own eyes.
“Being nominated for the festival didn’t seem real. Then winning an award was scary and exciting. It was scary being in a strange place and having to get up in front of everyone but exciting to get lots of people saying how much they liked what I did.”
Tomairangi travelled to Japan for the festival with her mother and David Jacobs, who is director of The Outlook for Someday.
Watch the short film: www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/films/2014/009/
Enter The Outlook for Someday short film competition: www.theoutlookforsomeday.net
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