Someday Stories

Young voices speaking out about the future

Six Short Films To Be Produced in 2017

Someday Stories is a series of six sustainability-focused short films by young New Zealanders.

The completed films will be screened by The Wireless, Māori Television On Demand and (Screen Partners). They will also be entered into international film festivals.

The films will be 8-12 minutes and made by six commissioned young film-makers / production teams in the first half of 2017.

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


Each commissioned film-maker / 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 film-makers/teams in instalments to finance their films from pre-production to final cut.

The $10,000 budget is not expected to include grading and audio mixing, which will be organised separately with the film-makers by The Outlook for Someday team.

Each film-maker/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:

  • 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.


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

Applications are therefore invited from film-makers / production teams aged 18-29 whose films have not previously received funding from NZ On Air 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 film-makers/teams (including those in key roles such as Producer, Director, Producer/Director and/or Writer) will need to be New Zealand citizens or residents who were born between 1 July 1987 and 1 February 1999.

Proposals and Applications

If you are a film-maker / production team who meets those criteria and would like to make one of the Someday Stories films we encourage you to download and read this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Someday Stories RFP

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

Someday Stories - Application Form

Someday Stories - Budget Template - November 2016

You need to send:

1. A completed application form

2. A proposal of up to 8 pages, including:

  • Brief outline of the idea (synopsis)
  • Proposed content and creative treatment
  • Details of key production personnel with biographic information
  • Links to previous films by the film-maker/team
  • Production schedule indicating how the film can be produced to final cut stage from March to May 2017
  • Marketing plan indicating how the film-maker/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 film-maker/team and can comment on their capacity to deliver on schedule

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 16 December 2016.

The six Someday Stories will be selected in consultation with the Screen Partners and commissioned in February 2017.