TVNZ 6 Presents The Outlook For Someday

Sustainability film challenge asks the hard questions.

Are we on the verge of something huge? Can small actions by lots of people create positive change? What does sustainability really mean? Those are the questions young New Zealanders up to the age of 24 are being asked to consider this year, when they enter the sustainability film challenge, TVNZ 6 Presents The Outlook for Someday.

Now in its third year, the challenge is to make a short sustainability-related film of any length up to 5 minutes. The entry deadline is 18 September and information and an entry form are on the project website at

TVNZ 6 is pleased to partner with this project for a third year. “Sustainability is an issue which has serious implications across our society, on the environment, on the economy, on health and so on,” says Eric Kearley, TVNZ’s Head of Digital Services. “Through TVNZ 6 we focus on these core issues that really have an impact on people’s lives. We feel we are in very good company with this partnership.”

Entrants are encouraged to choose any genre they like, to film with any camera they like, and to interpret ‘sustainability’ in the way that makes best sense to them.

“It’s an opportunity for young people to contribute big visions and fresh ideas to their rapidly changing world,” explains Project Director, David Jacobs. “We don’t mind if their focus is global or local – what we are asking for is their take on what’s happening around them.”

This year the age limit for entries has been increased to 24 to align it with international definitions of ‘youth’.

“We’re hoping for some entries by talented tertiary-age film-makers but we also want to keep encouraging younger entrants,” says David Jacobs.

Last year the 20 winning films came from throughout New Zealand from film-makers aged 6 to 20, telling stories in a wide range of genres including dramas, documentaries and animations.

This year, as well as the 20 winning films, there will be seven special awards, including a Primary / Intermediate School Film-makers Award and a Secondary School Film-makers Award.

The winning films will be announced at TVNZ 6 Presents The Outlook for Someday Awards towards the end of the year. They will then be broadcast on TVNZ 6 on both Freeview (channel 6) and SKY Television (channel 16). A television special is also planned, featuring some of the winning films.

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