Someday Stories

Young voices speaking out about the future

Six Short Films in Production 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 are being 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

The six films have now been commissioned and announced.


Each commissioned film-maker / 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 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 is being organised separately with the film-makers by The Outlook for Someday team.

Each film-maker/team has also been assigned a production mentor from the New Zealand film industry. The mentors are supporting 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 were therefore invited in late 2016 from film-makers / production teams aged 18-29 whose films had 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) needed to be New Zealand citizens or residents who were born between 1 July 1987 and 1 February 1999.

Proposals and Applications

Film-makers / 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 RFP

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

Someday Stories - Application Form

Someday Stories - Budget Template - November 2016

They needed 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 was 12 noon on 16 December 2016.

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

They were announced on 9 March 2017.