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Third time tops for TOFS winner

Sarah Ridsdale has won at The Outlook for Someday awards for the third time, this year adding the overall Body Shop Standout Winner prize to winning the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award.

Ridsdale’s Dog Island Motu Piu, a claymation story of her uncle’s work to create an eco-tourism destination. Ridsdale’s uncle saw the completed film shortly before his death.
Dog Island Motu Piu was one of four films by previous winners returning to to the stage this year. Other returning winners were Ash Bol (UNStuck, 2015) whose Do You Ever Wish took the Adam & Eve Show award; Neihana Lowe (Home, 2015) with Wireless Storytelling Award winner Warning; and last year’s Body Shop Standout Winner Hunter Williams (NVader), with The Ultimate Sacrifice which took the NZFC Filmmaking Achievement award.

Like Dog Island, the winner of the New Zealand On Air Audience Favourite award, also focused on a late family member. Luka Wolfgram’s Our Superheroes addressed his family’s journey alongside Luka’s younger brother Kosta, who died from cancer in March. Our Superheroes also took the Stephens Lawyers Media Empowerment Award.

TOFS Ambassadors Lanita Ririnui-Ryan and Fraser Brown did the hosting honours at the ceremony. As part of the Standout Winner prize, Brown will mentor Ridsdale.

All up 20 winning films were awarded at the event, having been selected from 115 entries involving 395 young people. 2016 is the event’s 10th anniversary, and Director David Jacobs noted, “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved – 1153 entries over the 10 years.”

Among the numbers were a couple that seemed particularly worth celebrating: that 13 of the 20 winning films were made by young women filmmakers or teams, six by Māori filmmakers or teams.

While the awards event marks the end of the road for the 2016 edition of the Someday Film Challenge, TOFS isn’t quite done for the year. It’s currently accepting entries for its Someday Stories initiative, announced earlier this year and open to filmmakers aged 18-29. The deadline for applications is next week, Friday 16 December.

The Outlook for Someday winners for 2016 were:

Body Shop Standout Winner

Dog Island Motu Piu, by Sarah Ridsdale (15) from Palmerston North

NZ On Air Audience Favourite Award
Our Superheroes, Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland

Enviroschools Sustainable Future Award
Harikoa, Philadelphia Mete Kingi Kingsford-Brown (15) from Otaki

Department of Conservation Big Picture Award
Dog Island Motu Piu, Sarah Ridsdale (15) from Palmerston North

Ministry of Youth Development Community Participation Award
Behind the Eyes, a team aged 13-14 from Roxburgh Area School in Otago

The Lowdown Award
The New Kid, a team from Alfriston College in Auckland (aged 15-16)

Māori Television Whakatipuranga Award
He Kākano, a team from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa in Masterton (aged 10-11)

The Coconet.tv Pasifika Award
Encore, Faga Tuigamala (16) from Auckland

New Zealand Film Commission Young Women Film-makers Award
Wired, a team from Christchurch Girls High School (aged 15-16)

Auckland Council Film-maker Award
The Juice Box Bandit, Samarah Basir (9) and Kristy Goundar (9) from Halsey Drive School in Auckland

Karma Cola People and Planet Award
The Pink Triangle, Maizy Grace Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi (13) from Otaki

Stephens Lawyers Media Empowerment Award
Our Superheroes, Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland

New Zealand Film Commission Film-making Achievement Award
The Ultimate Sacrifice, Hunter Williams (17) and Calum Davies (17) from Auckland

The Wireless Storytelling Award
Warning, Neihana Lowe (17) and Callum Robinson (17) from Auckland

Photogear Cinematography Award
It Can Be Different, Isla Christensen (18) from Hastings

Weta Digital Media Award
Glad To Sea You’re On Board, Alice Guerin (20) from Wellington

O’Halloran North Shore Young Voices For Change Award
Elusion, Darwin Velasco (20) and Bo Treat (18) from Auckland

Rockstock Sustainable Lifestyle Award
Avarice,  Sarah Kolver (17) from Rotorua

The Adam & Eve Show Secondary School Film-makers Award
Do You Ever Wish, a team from Christchurch (aged 12-14)

What Now Primary/Intermediate School Film-makers Award
Just Another Word, Mercedes Van Royen (12) from Timaru

Tearaway Secondary School Performance Award
Tama Iti, a team from Kaitaia College (aged 12-16)

Upstart Magazine Primary/Intermediate School Performance Award
The Demise of the Bees, a team from Pongakawa School in Te Puke (aged 7-9)

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