FAMILY TRIBUTE FILMS WIN SOMEDAY CHALLENGE
Two strongly personal family tribute films have scooped 2016’s top honours in The Outlook for Someday film challenge.
The Body Shop Standout Winner is a film by 15 year old Sarah Ridsdale celebrating her uncle’s role in creating a haven for New Zealand’s native flora and fauna that is also an eco-tourism destination. In ‘Dog Island Motu Piu’ two young tuatara hear from their grandfather about how Peter Ridsdale, who died in June this year, founded the Dog Island Motu Piu Charitable Trust to preserve and promote the sustainability of the island. “I made the film for him and he got to see it 3 weeks before he died,” wrote Sarah when she entered her claymation docudrama into the film challenge. “It was played at his funeral which was special.” Sarah has been building up to this year’s success. She made winning films for the Someday Challenge in 2013 and 2015. “‘Dog Island Motu Piu’ appealed to me as soon as I saw it,” said Barrie Thomas, Managing Director of The Body Shop. “Not only is it extremely well made but it also tells an important conservation story in an amusing and original way.” The 5 minute film has also won the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award. “Sarah’s film exemplifies the importance of community groups working throughout the country to restore and protect our natural environments and historic places,” said Adrienne de Melo, Outreach and Education Coordinator at DOC.“It encapsulates DOC’s Big Picture values of Manaaki (to look after and to care for) and Aroha (compassion for the environment and understanding that we are all connected to the natural world).”
The winner of the online vote for the New Zealand On Air Audience Favourite is another heartfelt tribute to the memory of a beloved family member. In ‘Our Superheroes’ 12 year old Luka Wolfgram shares his family’s journey alongside his younger brother Kosta who endured cancer leading to his death in March this year. The 5 minute documentary, which also features other child cancer heroes, has attracted international media attention and thousands of online views, prompting donations to child cancer charities. “Luka has captured with such honesty and love an experience that no child, parent or sibling should have to go through,” said Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive of the Child Cancer Foundation. “I know ‘Our Superheroes’ hit home for many of our families and the Child Cancer Foundation team. We are so proud of him for having the bravery to share this tribute to his little brother Kosta.” Luka’s film has also won the Stephens Lawyers Media Empowerment Award. “Luka has done an amazing job of bravely sharing a very poignant story,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director of Stephens Lawyers. “For a 12 year-old film-maker he is to be congratulated. We are proud to be part of supporting him and all the film-makers involved in The Outlook for Someday.”
Watch The Someday Awards ceremony here: http://www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/about/watch-the-someday-awards-2016
“This year’s winning film-makers represent the diversity of their generation and they are embracing challenging subject matter with powerful storytelling. It bodes well for the future of New Zealand film-making.”
The 20 winning films in the Someday Challenge have been made by individuals and teams aged 7 to 21 from all over the country: Roxburgh, Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Ōtaki, Masterton, Palmerston North, Hastings, Rotorua, Te Puke and Auckland.
The Someday Challenge asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes. Judges from the film industry, education, government and business selected this year’s 20 winning films out of 115 entries involving 395 young people.