Someday Stories

Making change with film


Read about Series Three (2019) on this page.


Watch Series One (2017) here.

Watch Series Two (2018) here.

Six Short Films in Production in 2019

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 Stuff, Māori Television On Demand, Radio NZ and The (Screen Partners).

The films will be 8-12 minutes and are being made by six commissioned production teams in the first half of 2019.

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

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

The six films have now been commissioned and announced.

The Social
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A teenage boy desperate to escape his nightmarish school disco finds an unlikely safe-haven in the boys' bathroom. When confronted with harsh reality he is forced to make a heartbreaking sacrifice.
Writer/Director: Conor Bowden
Producer: Olivia McClymont

2D Love
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: After a bad break up, a young Kiwi finds himself falling in love with a two dimensional character from his favourite anime show known as his 'Waifu.'
Writer/Director: Abigail Egden
Producer: Gemma Knight

Sons of Blackbird
Genre: Drama/Spoken Word
Synopsis: Poet Lastman Sooula reflects on his days working a factory line and feelings of mistreatment and exploitation, with references to "blackbirding", the practice of kidnapping of Pacific Islanders to be used as forced labour.
Writer/Director: Onehou Strickland
Producer: Lance Loughlin

800 Lunches
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: When a seven-year-old new migrant is ostracised at school for his homeland-style lunches, he chooses to eat alone - and starts to resent his mother's cooking.
Writer/Director: Bala Murali Shingade
Producer: Ankita Singh

Super Special
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A teenage girl chooses to spend the little money she has on celebrating her brother's anniversary rather than on her own necessary feminine hygiene products.
Writer/Director: Ashley Williams
Producer: Isaac Te Reina

Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary exploring the world of a Samoan-Kiwi sports star raising his young family overseas in the lavish yet unpredictable existence that is professional rugby.
Writer/Director: Annette "Neti" Fa'aū
Producer: Jamie Smith


Here's Mia Maramara talking about her experience making 'Foodie' for Someday Stories.


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

Each production will have a contracted budget of up to $10,000, which will be 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 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.

We anticipate that 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 invited in late 2018 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) are New Zealand citizens or residents who were born between 1 July 1989 and 1 February 2001.

Proposals and Applications

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

Someday Stories 2019 RFP

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

Someday Stories 2019 - Application Form

Someday Stories 2019 - 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 2019
  • Information regarding work, study or other relevant commitments of production team members during 2019 and how those commitments are compatible with both the production schedule and the Selection Process outlined below
  • 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 credible scripting plan (eg if the script is to be derived from an improvisation process).

The deadline for applications was 13 December 2018.

Selection Process

Producers for shortlisted applications were contacted by 17 January 2019 in order to arrange meetings with members of The Outlook for Someday team.

The meetings took place the following week (21-24 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 9 February 2019.

The six Someday Stories were then selected in consultation with the Screen Partners and commissioned in February 2019.

They were announced on 27 March 2019.

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