DUE Date: 14th December
Congratulations to PIFT member Miliama Setefano on completing here short film ‘When We Speak’ for Someday Stories 2017!
Someday Stories is a series of six sustainability-focused short films by
emerging young film-makers from Aotearoa New Zealand.
The completed films in this series will be screened by Stuff, The Wireless, Māori
Television On Demand and Thecoconet.tv (Screen Partners). They will also be
entered into international film festivals.
The films will be 8-12 minutes and 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.
Production, Budgets and Mentors
Each commissioned production team will work with The Outlook for Someday
team, who will manage and executive produce the series.
Each production will have a contracted budget of $10,000, which will be 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 will be
organised separately with the film-makers by The Outlook for Someday
Each production team will also be assigned a production mentor from the New
Zealand film industry. The mentors will support them as they navigate their
creative and logistical journey from commissioned proposal to final cut.
The idea is that Someday Stories are:
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
At least one of the six films will convey te ao Māori and have at least 50% te reo
The initiative is targeted towards emerging young film-makers rather than
Applications are therefore invited from production teams aged 18-29 whose films
have 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
The commissioned production teams will include a minimum of two people,
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
There is an Application Form and a Budget Template at
Production teams who would like to make one of the six films need to email the
following to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 14 December