Ahead of the formal award presentations on 4 December, this year’s The Outlook for Someday has announced the 20 winners (but not the awards they’ve won) and released the films online.
This year 664 young people, teachers and youth workers participated in 33 free one-day sustainability film-making workshops. 508 people worked on the 130 entries submitted to the film challenge.
In addition to the other prizes on offer, The Outlook for Someday will submit each winning film to at least one international film festival in 2015. To date, two Outlook for Sunday titles in particular have done well overseas. Charlee Collins’ 2010 The Break Up, was selected in competition for the UK’s biennial Wildscreen Festival; Natasha Bishop’s 2012 winner Arboraceous picked up two awards at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival before playing in the US at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC.
This year’s judges included doco maker Dan Salmon, Wairoa Maori Film Festival director Leo Koziol and 2011 Outlook for Someday winner Isabelle Russell. Until 1 December, viewers of this year’s winners can vote for the Audience Award.
In alphabetical order, the winning titles are:
Beeing a Honey Maker by a team from Avalon Intermediate School and Taita College in Lower Hutt (aged 11-13)
Genre: Music Video
Synopsis: To a languorous beat as lilting as a summer’s day, this music video riffs about the importance of bees to our lives and to life itself on earth.
Beep by a team from Timaru (aged 18-22)
Synopsis: A man is given pause for reflection and a change of direction when an incessant beeping begins to plague his life.
Cathy and Anna by Michelle Vergel de Dios (23) and Kiri Jones (20) from Auckland
Synopsis: Part parable of humanity, part real-life experience of young people searching for a subject to drive their passion in a homework assignment, this story mixes live action and animation to convey its message.
Epilobium by a team from Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland (aged 13-14)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: Words tumble from the mouth of a young poet as a waterfall of images of urban New Zealand drives us to a fundamental question: what will we leave behind on this land when we are gone?
The Final Cut by Connor Ayliffe (19) and Fyn Ayliffe (13) from Auckland
Genre: Animated Silent Movie
Synopsis: A rich man buys a rainforest only to find that someone has been cutting down the trees and he wants to get to the root of it.
Honeybee News by a team from Freevile Primary School in Christchurch (aged 7-9)
Genre: News Item
Synopsis: Adorable honeybees speak up about their plight in today’s world. Mixing live-action puppetry and documentary reporting, this film shows how the decline of bees around the world will impact almost all life on earth.
If Life was Like the Web by Angus Slade (14) from Lower Hutt
Genre: Animated Music Video
Synopsis: Made of the times, for the times, this film critiques our online interactions and illustrates how they can fall short of true communication.
Material Witness by Daisy Thor-Poet (16) and Ming Thor-Poet (13) from Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka
Synopsis: A thirteen-year old girl shows us how to combine a calling for the arts and the call of nature to produce stunning artworks.
Nature’s Ghosts by Emma Scheltema (24) from Auckland
Genre: Animated Video Essay
Synopsis: Animating a story of ecology with the same simplicity and care with which we should treat our earth, this film gracefully entreats us to act for the good of all.
No More Cats! by a team from Victory Primary School in Nelson (aged 10-11)
Synopsis: Students probe into the murky debate about cats and native birdlife through interview and anecdotes from New Zealand history.
Odd Balls by Rowen Trusewich (17) from Auckland
Synopsis: Following one woman and her hobby, this biopic gives us a snapshot of a passion that never ceases to give pleasure and warmth.
Omaha Shorebird Sanctuary – A Place Worth Protecting by a team from AUT University in Auckland (aged 21-22)
Synopsis: This documentary discusses the multiple threats facing New Zealand’s native shorebirds and what one community is doing to protect its avian inhabitants.
Open Your Eyes by a team from Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru (aged 14-15)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A plainspoken confessional of modern malaise from a young voice alerts us to our wastefulness and disconnection.
Paua Sustainability in Tauroa by Olivia Matthews (16) and Emma Dolfing (16) from Kaitaia College
Genre: News Item
Synopsis: A reportage-style piece about cooperation between schools in the quest to preserve and grow paua populations in Northland.
Quinn’s Quest by Hunter Williams (15) from Auckland
Synopsis: A seven-year old girl asks her mother questions no seven-year old should ever have to ask. This documentary chronicles how Quinn Hautapu inspires people across New Zealand with her bravery and indomitable spirit.
Rewind by Liam van Eeden (16) and Jean-Martin Fabre (16) from Verdon College in Invercargill
Synopsis: If you could rewind the things you did what would you change for the better? Two young men show us how a single moment can change a life.
Saving Trees by a team from Pongakawa School in Te Puke (aged 10-11)
Synopsis: We follow a news crew as they witness the cutting down of the last tree, and the civil unrest that ensues in the fight to save it.
Te Ao o te Tuturuatu by Tomairangi Harvey (11) from Christchurch
Genre: Animated Docudrama
Synopsis: Narrated in Te Reo Māori, this painterly animation tells the story of the Tuturuatu (Shore Dotterel) and its habitat and survival in New Zealand.
To The Rescue by Mason Cade Packer (15) and Anthony McEwen (16) from Kapiti College
Synopsis: All the way from Chicago to Lower Hutt, this film tracks the work of food rescuers who salvage food from around their cities to feed the hungry.
Weekday Vegetarian by Ruby Harris (15) and Naomi Ashby-Ryan (14) from Logan Park High School in Dunedin
Genre: Public Service Announcement
Synopsis: A simple, achievable option for cutting waste and harmful emissions the world over. A film to make you think, and act.