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Outlook for Someday: film challenge 2012

The Outlook for Someday film challenge for young people is calling for entries in 2012 with its biggest prize package so far and with arrangements for 5 shows to screen winning films on TV and online.

Winning films from the 2012 film challenge will be featured by U Live (TVNZ U), The Erin Simpson Show (TV2), What Now (TV2), I AM TV (TV2) and Tagata Pasifika (TV One).

Each of the 20 winning film-makers or teams will receive a prize package worth over $1000. And with The Body Shop now Key Partner of the project and Unitec joining this year as Tertiary Partner, there is $8000 worth of Unitec courses or film production going to the director of the film chosen as The Body Shop Standout Winner.

“The Outlook for Someday is a forum for 21st Century citizenship,” said David Jacobs, Director of The Outlook for Someday. “Young people can now take action by producing media rather than just consuming it. Through their films on sustainability they create the visions and define the choices of their own lives. They are empowered actors and not a passive audience in the story of their future.”

Now in its 6th year, The Outlook for Someday challenge is to make a short sustainability-related film. It can be any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes. Anyone up to age 24 can enter, either individually or in a team. Entrants are encouraged to interpret ‘sustainability’ in the way that makes sense to them.

20 Winning Films are chosen each year by judges from media, education, government and business. They are celebrated at The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony in Auckland, where Special Awards are announced. There is also an online popular vote for Audience Favourite.

Each year there is a focusing statement. In 2012 it encourages young people to think about the nature of sustainability films:
“Sustainability films are…
Stories about me, you and the world that supports us
Acts of leadership, citizenship and guardianship
Conveying information, ideas and inspiration
With knowledge, skills, values and reflection
Talking together and taking action.”

The 2012 entry deadline is 21 September.

Information and entry forms are on The Outlook for Someday website

In 2011 there were a record 153 entries involving over 600 young people from all over New Zealand aged 6 to 24 years old. The winning films tackled subjects ranging from pollution and deforestation to the meaning of Kaitiaki and how to be a conscious shopper.

Since May this year the project has also been running a nationwide series of free film-making workshops. The workshops aim to further the objective of The Outlook for Someday – to help grow a generation of sustainability story-tellers – and to encourage young people to enter the film challenge.

The project was a finalist in the 2012 Green Ribbon Awards, which are run by the Ministry for the Environment to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment.

Last year the United Nations recognised The Outlook for Someday as a project that helps to create a more sustainable future. It is one just two New Zealand organisations or projects that have been allowed by UNESCO to carry the logo of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Giving their support to the project in 2012 are The Outlook for Someday Ambassadors:
Amanda Billing, Alun Bollinger, Phil Bostwick, Wendy Douglas, Oliver Driver, Ruud ‘Bugman’ Kleinpaste, Kiel McNaughton, Kirsten Morrell, Te Radar, Lanita Ririnui-Ryan, Fraser St Clair Brown, Jared Turner, Liesha Ward Knox and Tandi Wright
The graphic for The Outlook for Someday 2012 is here:
Images of The Outlook for Someday Ambassadors are here:

The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand and WIFT NZ are Industry Partners for the challenge.

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