Someday Stories

Young voices speaking out about the future


Read about Series Two (2018) on this page.


Watch Series One (2017) here.

Six Short Films In Production in 2018

Someday Stories is a series of six sustainability-focused short films by emerging young film-makers from Aotearoa New Zealand.

The completed films will be screened by StuffThe Wireless, Māori Television On Demand and (Screen Partners).

The films will be 8-12 minutes and are being made by six commissioned production teams in the first half of 2018.

The intended viewers of the films are primarily young people aged 15-29.

The initiative is supported by NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho, the New Zealand Film Commission and The Body Shop.

The six films have now been commissioned and announced.


Each commissioned production team is working with The Outlook for Someday team, who are managing and executive producing the series.

Each production has a contracted budget of $10,000, which is being provided to the production teams in instalments to finance their films from pre-production to final cut.

The $10,000 budget

  • is expected to include payment for everyone involved in making the film (including those in key roles such as Producer, Director, Producer/Director, Co-Producer and/or Writer).
  • is not expected to include grading and audio mixing, which is being organised separately with the film-makers by The Outlook for Someday team.

Each production team is also assigned a production mentor from the New Zealand film industry. The mentors support them as they navigate their creative and logistical journey from commissioned proposal to final cut.

The production mentors in 2018 are Kay Ellmers, Catherine Fitzgerald, Oscar Kightley, Nadia Maxwell, Juliette Veber and Paula Whetu Jones.

The Coordinating Mentor is Fraser Brown.


The idea is that Someday Stories are:

  • Diverse

The sustainability theme is broad and inclusive. It embraces environment, society, culture, health, human rights and peace.

  • Innovative, imaginative and eclectic

Any genre is welcome – drama, documentary, music video or whatever – and so is live action, animation or a mix of both.

The films might be edgy, enchanting, funny, inspiring, reflective...

Together they will spark ideas, stimulate debate and convey important information.

At least one of the six films will convey te ao Māori and have at least 50% te reo Māori content.


The initiative is targeted towards emerging young film-makers rather than experienced film-makers.

Applications were therefore invited in late 2017 from production teams aged 18-29 whose films had not previously received funding from NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho or the New Zealand Film Commission, either directly or via another scheme for emerging film-makers funded by either of those agencies (such as Loading Docs).

The commissioned production teams needed to include a minimum of two people, including:

  • a Director or Producer/Director
  • a Producer or Co-Producer

All members of commissioned production teams (including those in key roles such as Producer, Director, Producer/Director, Co-Producer and/or Writer) will need to be New Zealand citizens or residents who were born between 1 July 1988 and 1 February 2000.

Proposals and Applications

Production teams who met those criteria and wanted to make one of the Someday Stories films were encouraged to download and read this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Someday Stories 2018 RFP

To apply to make one of the Someday Stories films they needed to use this Application Form and Budget Template.

Someday Stories 2018 - Application Form

Someday Stories 2018 - Budget Template

They needed to send:

1. A completed application form

2. A proposal of up to 10 pages, including:

  • Brief outline of the idea (synopsis)
  • Proposed content
  • Creative treatment, including a narrative outline if the film is to be a scripted drama.
  • Details of key production team members with biographical information relevant to their proposed production role
  • Links to previous films by key production team members
  • Production schedule indicating how the film can be produced to final cut stage from March to mid-June 2018
  • Information regarding work, study or other relevant commitments of production team members during 2018 and how those commitments are compatible with both the production schedule and the process outlined below for shortlisted applications
  • Marketing plan indicating how the production team will promote viewings of their film

3. A production budget using the Budget Template

4. At least one letter of support from someone who knows the production team and can comment on their capacity to deliver on schedule

5. If the film is to be a scripted drama, one of the following:

  • a first draft script
  • a commitment to provide a first draft script by 7 January 2018
  • a credible scripting plan (eg if the script is to be derived from an improvisation process).

The deadline for applications was 14 December 2017.

Selection Process

Producers for shortlisted applications were contacted by 18 January 2018 in order to arrange meetings with members of The Outlook for Someday team.

The meetings took place the following week (22-25 January) with each meeting lasting approximately one hour.

In those meetings the production team for each shortlisted application had an opportunity to pitch their project face-to-face. There was also discussion regarding any further development of the application/proposal.

Producers for shortlisted applications needed to provide any further evolved or updated documents by 8 February 2018.

The six Someday Stories were then selected in consultation with the Screen Partners and commissioned in February 2018.

They were announced on 5 March 2018.