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TOFS workshops throughout NZ

More young people than ever before will take part this year in free film-making workshops run by The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project.

Up to 1000 are expected to participate in the workshops from June to August.43 one-day and two-day workshops are planned throughout New Zealand, including 6 two-day Kaupapa Maori workshops and, for the first time, at least one workshop focused towards Pasifika young people.

The workshops offer an opportunity for young New Zealanders to tell their own sustainability stories – environmental or social, individual or cultural, local or global.

They have also proven to be a springboard to international acclaim, with participants going on to make winning films in The Outlook for Someday film challenge and then have their films selected for overseas film festivals.

“It’s a nourishing and exciting day,” said Chris Widdup, Project Manager of The Outlook for Someday. “Each participant gets to discover their own take on sustainability and go on a storytelling journey from idea to completion.

They work collaboratively with other young people they have never met before. And at the end of the day the lights go down for a screening of the films they’ve made together.”

The workshops are open to young people from school years 7 to 13 (aged 11 to 18) as well as teachers and youth workers. They run from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop.

To register for a workshop in your area go to theoutlookforsomeday.net/workshops.

The entry deadline for the film challenge in 2016 is 9 September.

Now in its 10th year, The Outlook for Someday is New Zealand’s sustainability film project for young people. Through an annual film challenge and a national series of sustainability film-making workshops the project helps grow a generation of sustainability storytellers.

The project was a 2016 finalist in New Zealand’s Green Ribbon Awards “for developing deep understanding of sustainability issues among the next generation of decision-makers.”

Each year there are 20 winning films in the film challenge, which asks young people up to the age of 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.

At The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony each winning film-maker receives a commitment that their film will be entered into at least one international film festival the following year.

The Outlook for Someday in 2016 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New Zealand, New Zealand Film Commission, Ministry of Youth Development, Department of Conservation (through the DOC Community Fund), Health Promotion Agency and Auckland Council.

Funding Partners are Te Mangai Paho, Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities Scheme, The Trusts Community Foundation and Dragon Community Trust.

Regional Partners are Foundation North, Trust Waikato, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Wellington Community Trust, Rata Foundation, Otago Community Trust and Community Trust of Southland.

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

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