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Young film-maker award winners announced

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26 November 2018

Connected Media is delighted to announce the winning films of its annual film-making challenge for young people, the Someday Challenge.

The Someday Challenge drew more than 130 entries from rangatahi throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The brief was broad: films should be based on a theme of sustainability, no longer than five minutes, and entrants aged under 25. Beyond that, anything was possible.

After a long and wonderful day holed up in the boardroom at Stuff, a panel of 11 judges named the 20 Winning Films of the Someday Challenge 2018.

There were films that made us laugh, others that made us cry, and all prompted thoughtful discussion. Judges expressed huge admiration for the creative talent on display, some from entrants as young as nine years old. They also noted the film-makers’ courage in identifying and tackling issues of mental well-being, particularly screen addiction. Other subjects explored were grief, dementia, cultural identity and environmental concerns.

Fourteen-year-old Aucklander Luca Wolfgram won two awards: the first for Dear Grief, a beautiful and poetic reflection of his relationship with grief following the loss of his younger brother, and the second for What Matters Is, a drama about the importance of staying connected to our culture.

Luka’s previous film about Kosta, Our Superheroes, was a winning film in the Someday Challenge 2016.
Judges commended Luka’s courage in sharing a deeply personal journey and praised his storytelling talent. They observed that as a film-maker he had grown enormously during the two years since he last entered.

“It’s all for my brother, Kosta,” says Luka. “It’s my way of keeping his spirit and story alive.”
Other winning film-makers are from Southland, Canterbury, Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

South Auckland was especially strongly represented with awards going to students at Manurewa Intermediate, Manurewa High, Alfriston College and Mission Heights High, as well as Papatoetoe sister and brother Irava and Makea Upu.

Our huge congratulations to the film-makers whose work has won awards, we look forward to celebrating with you at the Someday Awards in Auckland on December 6th.

Judges included past Someday Challenge winners Isaiah Tour and Ruby Harris, as well as representatives from Stuff, New Zealand Film Commission, Māori Television, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Youth Development, Auckland Council, the Health Promotion Agency the Vista Foundation, Villainesse and Enviroschools.

You can watch the winning films on Stuff, and you can also cast your vote for the Stuff Audience Choice Award through until midnight on Monday, December 3rd.

The Someday Awards livestream will be available on Stuff and on The Outlook for Someday’s website and Facebook page on December 6th.