Frequently Asked Questions
You can enter The Someday Challenge if the following two things are both true about you (and all of your team if it’s a team entry):
- You were born in 1993 or later.
- You are a Citizen or Resident of New Zealand (even if you are now living overseas) or you are studying or working lawfully in New Zealand.
To enter The Someday Challenge you need to send:
- A film which is no more than 5 minutes long, including titles and credits, and which conforms to the Delivery Requirements, Technical Requirements and Legal Requirements (see below).
- A completed Entry Form.
- All necessary Release Forms and Licences
Once your film has been received you will be sent an email containing a link to a brief online questionnaire about your experience of making a film for The Someday Challenge.
You will need to complete the questionnaire in order for your film to be eligible as an entry to the film challenge.
If you are sending an Online Entry Form you will receive an Entry Code as part of that process.
You need to tell us that Entry Code when you send your film to us, whether online, by post or by courier. That will help us to link up your film with your Entry Form.
And please make sure that the filename of the video file is the same as the title of your film.
If you would like to send your film online we recommend that you use Dropbox in one of these two ways:
This is the way we prefer. And you don’t need to have a Dropbox account to use it.
If you are sending an Online Entry Form we will get a notification when the form is completed and we will then email you a Dropbox File Request link
You can then use the Dropbox File Request link to upload your film.
Or, if you are not completing an Online Entry Form (or if you want to send your film before completing the form) you just need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking us to email you a Dropbox File Request link.
In the email please also include your name, a contact phone number (including the area code if it isn't a mobile number) and the title of your film.
You need to have a Dropbox account to use this way.
You just copy the film into your Dropbox folder, then copy the Dropbox link to the file and then email the link to email@example.com.
NB if you are using this option please email the Dropbox link to the file rather ‘sharing’ the file using Dropbox.
And in the email please also include your name, a contact phone number (including the area code if it isn't a mobile number) and the title of your film.
If you are sending an Online Entry Form for the film please also include the Entry Code.
The address for sending your film and/or paperwork by post or CourierPost (via your local PostShop) is:
The Outlook for Someday
PO Box 15486
The address for sending by another courier company is:
13A Totara Avenue
Please feel free to contact us for any help or advice about delivering your entry.
Once your film has been received you will be sent an email containing a link to a brief online questionnaire about your experience of making a film for The Outlook for Someday.
You will need to complete the questionnaire in order for your film to be eligible as an entry to the film challenge.
- You need to send your film as a video file.
Please refer to the Film Export Guides for advice on exporting your edited film to a video file. There are instructions there for making the best possible video file for entering The Outlook for Someday depending on what editing programme you are using.
You can also contact us for help or advice about this. And feel free to post a question about it in the Forum.
- The video file can be sent online using Dropbox
Please refer to the instructions above (under ‘How and Where To Send’) if you wish to use Dropbox to send your film.
- Alternatively the video file can be sent on a USB drive or a DVD disc (or a CD disc if the video file will fit onto it).
If you send your film on a USB drive and you want it to be returned to you then you must include a stamped self-addressed envelope.
- Films will NOT be accepted as DVDs that are made to play on DVD
players. Instead you need to burn your video file as data on the disc.
NB Video data files don’t tend to play smoothly direct from the disc they have been burned to. To check the file on the disc is OK copy it back to your computer and play the file from there.
- Your film can be as short as you like but it must be no longer than 5 minutes, including any titles and credits.
- There must be 10 seconds of black before and after your film (so if
your film is 5 minutes long the file will play for 5 minutes 20
seconds including the black).
- If you are sending your film on a disc or a USB drive it must be labelled with:
- The name of the film
- The name of the film-maker or team who has made the film
- If your film has Te Reo Māori in it – which we encourage for the Whakatipuranga Award – you need to provide a translation so
that all of the judges can understand the film, not just the judges who
speak Te Reo.
The translation needs to be line-by-line for each piece of dialogue or narration.
- If your film has any other language in it other than English, we also need a line-by-line translation for each piece of dialogue or narration.
Your film must conform to these Technical Requirements:
- A film exported at best quality settings for a file no larger than 4GB in one of these video file types:
- PAL video standard
- 25fps framerate
- Filmed with an aspect ratio of either 16:9 (widescreen recommended) or 4:3 (standard) and edited and exported with the same aspect ratio as the filming (unless differing aspect ratios are used within the film for a creative or editorial reason)
- Audio at levels where dialogue or narration can be heard clearly (unless it is obviously intended to be hard to hear)
- Any superimposed titles or captions are correctly spelled (unless a misspelling is for a creative or editorial reason)
If some or all of the following options are available to you, we recommend them.
- 1080p Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (High Definition 16:9)
- 720p HD - 1280 x 720 (High Definition 16:9)
- DV PAL - 1024 x 576 (Standard Definition 16:9)
- Video Bitrate: Variable (VBR) 5-10Mb/s (5,000-10,000Kb/s)
- Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 (Square Pixels)
- Field Order: Progressive only (or deinterlaced video if it has been filmed as interlaced)
- Video Codec: h.264
- Audio Codec: AAC-LC
- Audio Bitrate: 320kbs
- Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz
- Titles and captions: Within the "title-safe area"
You must have the right to use all performances and interviews in your film.
So you need to get anyone who is featured in your film to sign the Individual Release Form.
For anyone who is under 18 you will need to get the parental permission part of the form signed too.
You must have the right to use all the material in your film so that it can legally be shown anywhere by any means.
That applies to any music, footage, stills, artwork or written material which you haven’t created yourself.
If there is music in your film that isn’t yours you must have permission to use it. You need to show us that you have a licence to use both the composed music and the recording of the music.
If we cannot see that you have permission to use the music in your film – or any other material in your film that you have not created yourself – then your film will not be eligible as an entry to The Someday Challenge.
In previous years we received some films that were ineligible because they contained unlicensed music. That was unfortunate after all the creative effort that had been put into them.
Use the Toolkit to help you ensure that your film is legal. In the Release Forms and Licences section there are forms to get completed and signed to ensure you have permission to use other people’s material, like their music. And in the Using Music section there is advice on what forms to use in different situations. Feel free to ask in the Forum if there is any situation you are unsure about.
If you use material in your film for The Someday Challenge which is either in the public domain or available for use under a Creative Commons licence, you need to:
- In the credits of your film include the title of the material (eg the name of the archive footage clip, still, music or sound effect which you are using) and the web address of the page where you downloaded the material.
- With your Entry Form include a printed copy of the relevant Creative Commons Deed or the Public Domain Mark.
On that printed page write the title of the material and the web address of the page where you downloaded the material.
Creative Commons Deeds are available online. You can click on ‘View License Deed' for each of the six licences and print a copy of the Deed.
The Public Domain Mark is available online.
In order to be a Winning Film (or to be published online by The Outlook for Someday as a Shortlisted Film) your film must meet all applicable laws, regulations and standards relating to films that are broadcast, published online or screened or distributed publicly in any other way.
In particular the content of the film must meet the standards in section 4(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 (including as those standards can be modified to apply to content that is not a "programme" under the Act).
This includes maintaining standards that are consistent with:
- the observance of good taste and decency
- the maintenance of law and order
- the privacy of the individual
- any approved and applicable code of broadcasting practice
If you are in any doubt about the broadcasting stardards or codes please refer to the information provided by the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
The content of the film must also meet the 'Don't Cross the Line' rules in YouTube's Community Guidelines.
And you need to ensure that your film doesn't depict unhealthy or unsafe activities - such as smoking, misusing alcohol, using drugs or harmful gambling - in a positive or glamorising way.
In selecting winning films the judges will be looking for films which are evidently made by young people and not made for young people.
Sometimes older people will help a young film-maker to make their film. That is OK.
But if someone over 24 helps a young film-maker or team to make a film for The Someday Challenge it is important that their help is supportive of the young film-maker or team to make their own creative and editorial decisions. They must not make those decisions on behalf of the young film-maker or team.
Anyone operating the equipment necessary to make a film for The Someday Challenge (eg the camera or the editing computer) must themselves be eligible to enter the challenge. So if you can't operate the equipment yourself you need to team up with another young person who can. That person can be older than you but, like you, they need to be born in 1992 or later.
To decide if your film is to be one of the 20 Winning Films, the Judging Team will be asking themselves these questions:
- Is the film relevant to the theme of sustainability and does it show us your 'outlook for someday'?
- Are the idea(s) and/or message(s) clear?
- How well does the visual and audio approach support the idea(s) and/or message(s)?
- How well does the visual and audio quality support the content of the film?
- Is the film original / creative / distinctive / powerful / challenging / inspiring / funny?
- Does the film just grab the judges and demand to be chosen for a reason they can't explain?
That last question is our 'wildcard' question. Sometimes a film is a great film precisely because it doesn't fit with existing ideas, guidelines or formulas. It just stands out. We think the starting point for a film like that is when you decide to make a film about something you really care about.
And finally, if you want to win, remember that quality and content are both important. If your film has great ideas but we can’t see it or hear it properly, then those great ideas are wasted on the Judges. And if it’s a technical masterpiece but a boring imitation of something else, then all those techniques are wasted too.
No, it’s OK to enter a film which was made in the past – as long as it conforms to all the entry requirements for The Someday Challenge.
So if you made a film in the past which you would like to enter into The Someday Challenge and the film is longer than 5 minutes then you may need to cut it down to a shorter version.
There is no limit to how many members you have in your film-making team.
If you have more team members than the spaces available for them on the second page of the Entry Form then you just need to print more copies of that page so you can provide details for each member of your team.
Yes. For example, if your film has Te Reo Māori in it – which we encourage for the Whakatipuranga Award – you need to provide a translation script so that all of the judges can understand the film, not just the judges who speak Te Reo.
The translation script needs to be line-by-line for each piece of dialogue, narration, titles or captions.