The Outlook for Someday (TOFS) held its awards ceremony on Thursday at Auckland’s Aotea Centre. With a nod to the age of many of the participants, the ceremony ran early in the evening.
The winners already knew they’d won something before kick off, with the list of winning films published late last month. The interest was in finding out which award they’d get to collect and who would become the Body Shop Standout winner.
This year over 1000 young people participated in the film challenge and workshops that took place throughout New Zealand from June to August. These included, for the first time, a workshop on the Chathams – obviously worth the effort as it spawned Alice Emeny’s Yours Digital Media Award winner Do You Want A Bag?.
The Body Shop Standout Winner was a member of the Yours team which produces online youth channel Yours TV. Hunter Williams’ (pictured, top) won with NVader, about an organisation that goes undercover to end sex slavery, took the overall prize. In his acceptance speech, Williams’ credited Paua Productions’ Virginia Wright, whose 2014 TVNZ doco Undercover Rescue also explored NVader’s work.
Recent winners of the event have gone on to win awards at international festivals, most recently the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, from where 2014 Outlook for Someday winner Tomairangi Harvey returned with another trophy as well as the distinction of becoming JWFF’s youngest winner of the Youth Award.
Given its subject matter, NVader is an unlikely candidate for JWFF, although part of the TOFS prize package is submission to at least one international film festival, as well as mentoring from Someday Ambassador Te Radar and director/writer/producer Peter Bell.
Other industry connections came in the form of two of the winners. Accepting the event’s first award, the What Now Primary/Intermediate School Film-makers Award, one of the recipients closed her acceptance with the note, “My mum runs a film festival so, if you’re free next year, please come.”
“Nice plug,” said co-host Tandi Wright. Later on more members of the Maoriland whanau visited the stage, winning the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award.
The awards were presented by government minister Maggie Barry, whose portfolios include Conservation and Arts, Culture & Heritage, neatly ticking off two of the major ingredients of TOFS. Barry and TOFS director David Jacobs were among a number of presenters noting a strong presence of female participants and winners in this year’s challenge.
Winner of the Web Show Central Cinematography Award Message in a Bottle also took the Element Audience Favourite award.
Fiona Powell (left) and the Hon. Maggie Barry present Liam van Eeden and Jean-Martin Fabre with the Web Show Central Cinematography Award
All the winning titles can be watched at The Outlook for Someday.
The 2015 Outlook for Someday award winners were:
Body Shop Standout Winner
Connected Media Sustainable Future Award
For a film which promotes dialogue on sustainability through a new perspective and/or critical thinking
NVader by Hunter Williams (16) from Auckland
Synopsis: A covert mission to save young girls from sex slavery leads to an organisation that empowers local people to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Web Show Central Cinematography Award
For a film with outstanding cinematography, and
Element Audience Favourite
Message in a Bottle by Liam van Eeden (17) and Jean-Martin Fabre (17) from Verdon College in Invercargill
Synopsis: The true cost of bottled water for both the consumer and the planet.
New Zealand Film Commission Film-making Achievement Award
For a film with outstanding creative / technical quality
Eutha-nation by Mason Cade Packer (16) from Paraparaumu
Synopsis: Imagine a future where compulsory euthanasia has been introduced to combat over-population.
Department of Conservation Big Picture Award
For a film that relates to the Big Picture focus of DOC’s National Education Strategy
I Love Waiorongomai by Eva Hakaraia (12) and Oriwa Hakaraia (12) from Te Kura-ā-Iwi O Whakatupuranga Rua Mano in Otaki
Synopsis: A story of community conservation in action to restore the health of Lake Waiorongomai.
Ministry of Youth Development Community Participation Award
For a film focusing on active citizenship
How to Write a Submission by Anya Bukholt-Payne (15) from Wellington
Genre: How To
Synopsis: A practical call to action, empowering young people to engage in civic issues.
Te Māngai Pāho Whakatipuranga Award
For a film with a Māori indigenous perspective on sustainability
He Kura Huna by a team from Bay of Plenty region (aged 15-19)
Synopsis: A young man’s journey to connect with his cultural identity.
Coconut Wireless Pasifika Award
For a film by a Pasifika film-maker or team and/or featuring Pasifika language and culture
The Healthy Wrap by a team from Avalon Intermediate School in Lower Hutt (aged 11-13)
Genre: Music Video
Synopsis: The rhyme and reason of good nutrition for healthy living.
New Zealand Film Commission Young Women Film-makers Award
For a film made by a young woman film-maker or team
Original by a team from Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru (aged 14-15)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A young woman challenges stifling social pressures and speaks out for authenticity.
Like Minds, Like Mine Award
For a film that focuses on social inclusion and wellbeing as a sustainability issue for young people
The Birdwood Way by a team from Birdwood School in Auckland (aged 7-8)
Synopsis: Birdwood students demonstrate the values at the heart of their school.
All Good People and Planet Award
For a film which addresses social justice as a sustainability issue
May Be Wrong by Isaac Martin (18) from Gisborne
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: Our consumer culture manipulates us to be mindless, but we can use our purchasing power for good.
Auckland Council Film-maker Award
For a film by a film-maker or team from the Auckland region
Biodiversity by a team from Point England School in Auckland (aged 10-11)
Genre: Animated Documentary
Synopsis: A colourful depiction of our natural world and the importance of protecting species from extinction.
The Wireless Storytelling Award
For a film with powerful storytelling
The Jayke Hopa Story by a team from Putaruru College in Putaruru (aged 14)
Synopsis: An insight into the life of Jayke Hopa, and how he has taught his school to include those who can’t see.
Yours Digital Media Award
For a film with outstanding editing or animation
Do You Want A Bag? by Alice Emeny (15) from Chatham Islands
Synopsis: An illustration of how one simple choice can have severe consequences.
Accelerating Aotearoa Young Voices For Change Award
For a film motivating young people and/or decision-makers to be change-makers
Whenua Finds a Future by Sarah Ridsdale (14) from the Palmerston North
Genre: Animated Drama
Synopsis: Curious Whenua the Whio learns about his species from his DOC ranger friend.
Rockstock Media Empowerment Award
For a film which empowers its viewers and/or its makers
The Future is in Your Hands by Lisa Thompson (17) from Kapiti
Synopsis: Why is sign language, the third official language of New Zealand, not offered as a subject in our secondary schools?
Green Ideas Sustainable Lifestyle Award
For a film focusing on lifestyle change for sustainability
The Plastic Reducers by a team from the Wellington region (aged 8-14)
Genre: Music Video
Synopsis: A rapper’s guide on taking steps to reduce, reuse and recycle.
The 4.30 Show Secondary School Film-makers Award
For a film made by young people of secondary school age
Mountains for Malawi by Henry Donald (18) from Auckland
Synopsis: Three young men undertake the challenge of cycling the height of Mount Everest to raise money for a community in Malawi.
What Now Primary/Intermediate School Film-makers Award
For a film made by young people of primary or intermediate school age
Koro Puppeteer by a team from Otaki (aged 9-12)
Synopsis: A story of the strings that sustain a family tradition.
Tearaway Secondary School Performance Award
For a film made by young people of secondary school age with strong on-screen performance
Home by a team from Auckland (aged 16-18)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A young poet tells us a story about the challenges of life on the Southside.
Upstart Magazine Primary/Intermediate School Performance Award
For a film made by young people of primary or intermediate school age with strong on-screen performance
UNstuck by a team from Ellesmere College in Canterbury (aged 12-13)
Genre: Silent Movie
Synopsis: A plea for the voiceless victim of bullying, and a challenge for the complicit bystander.