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Film Challenge takes young Kiwis to the world

Entries are open at The Outlook For Sunday (TOFS) for the film challenge that takes young New Zealand film-makers to international audiences.

So far five winning films from last year’s Someday Challenge have received nominations in international film festivals.

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 5 minutes.

Among the prizes for the film chosen as The Body Shop Standout Winner is a mentorship with Te Radar and film-maker Peter Bell.

The entry deadline for the film challenge is 11 September.

20 winning films will be selected by judges from media, education, government and business. The film-maker 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.

This year’s festival successes so far come from Timaru, Christchurch and the Wellington region.

OPEN YOUR EYES by a team aged 14-15 from Timaru has been nominated at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival.

TE AO O TE TUTURUATU by 11-year-old Tōmairangi Harvey of Christchurch, has been nominated for the Japan Wildlife Film Festival. Tōmairangi is the youngest film-maker ever to have a film chosen by the festival. She hopes to travel to Tokyo for the festival in August.

BEEING A HONEY MAKER by a team aged 11-13 from Lower Hutt has received a nomination from the Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival in Germany.

IF LIFE WAS LIKE THE WEB by 14 year-old Angus Slade, also from Lower Hutt, has been nominated at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival.

TO THE RESCUE by 15 year-old Mason Packer from Kapiti, which was The Body Shop Standout Winner in 2014, has also received a nomination from the Seoul International Youth Film Festival.

The Someday Challenge is part of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project for young people, which is now in its 9th year.

The project also includes a nationwide series of free sustainability film-making workshops taking place between June and August.

The Outlook for Someday in 2015 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, Ministry of Youth Development, Department of Conservation, Health Promotion Agency and Auckland Council.

Funding Partners are Te Māngai Pāho, Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities Scheme, The Trusts Community Foundation, the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust, Youthtown, Infinity Foundation and Dragon Community Trust.

Regional Partners are Foundation North, Bay Trust, Trust Waikato, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Whanganui Community Foundation, Canterbury Community Trust, Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury and Otago Community Trust.

Media Partners are Element Magazine, The Wireless, The 4.30 Show, What Now, Tearaway, Upstart, Yours.nz, Web Show Central and Green Ideas Magazine.

Paper and Print Partners are Rockstock, B&F Papers and Soar Print.

Event Partners are Auckland Live and All Good.

O’Halloran North Shore is Accountancy Partner and Stephens Lawyers is Honorary Legal Advisor.

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