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Five of this year's 20 winning films in the Someday Challenge have been made by primary-intermediate age film-makers.

The winning young film-makers come from Canterbury, Wairarapa, Bay of Plenty 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.


The winning film-makers will be honoured in The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 8 December. The ceremony will also be live streamed; enabling families, friends, schools and communities of the winning film-makers to watch it all unfold from wherever they are.

As well as receiving their prizes at the ceremony the winning film-makers will find out which special award they have each won and which film has been voted NZ On Air Audience Favourite.

The online vote for NZ On Air Audience Favourite starts on 28 November and closes at midnight on Monday 5 December.

The film-maker or team behind the film that wins the vote will receive a Panasonic 4K Ultra HD camera donated by Photogear.

The prize package also includes and a one-day visit for two people to Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post and Stone Street Studios, including the set of ‘Mortal Engines'.


He Kākano


Made by a team from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa in Masterton (aged 10-11)


 Just Another Word


Made by Mercedes Van Royen (12) from Timaru

A story about the importance of keeping te reo Māori alive and thriving in New Zealand.


A personal perspective on depression and suicide.


The Demise of the Bees

Animated Docudrama

Made by by a team from Pongakawa School in Te Puke
(aged 7-9)


 The Juice Box Bandit

Silent Movie

Made by Samarah Basir (9) and Kristy Goundar (9) from Halsey Drive School in Auckland

An animated insight into how our survival depends on plants, pollen, nectar and our buzzy friends.   A silent film in which Sheriff Water Bottle squares up against a wasteful outlaw.


 Our Superheroes


Made by Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland


A documentary that raises awareness about the personal and community impact of childhood cancer.



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