DSC_0438Outlook for Someday is a fantastic film-making competition based around sustainability for students Yr 7-13. Students can register for a free all day workshop at the Outlook for Someday website (numbers limited). They’ll learn film-making and editing techniques, explore what sustainability means to them and make their own short film. Si Williams, our enviroschools facilitator and photographer, will run the workshops.

  • Alexandra Workshop – Wednesday 26th August
  • Wanaka Workshop – Thursday 27th August

From workshop facilitator Si Williams:

“If you’ve never heard of this project then let me fill you in a little. The Outlook for Someday began in 2007. It was developed by Connected Media as a 20th anniversary initiative for New Zealand’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE). The proposal to the PCE said “Young New Zealand forecasts the future by telling it how it is… we look through the windows of the make-or-break generation.”

Each year the mission for anyone up to the age of 20 was to make a short film, up to 5 minutes, about how you see the future unfolding; to look at your world through a lens of sustainability; to give your personal take on what matters to you, focused on the future. These films were entered and 20 winners were picked, and the tea members attend a special red carpet award ceremony in Auckland.

Over the years, as the project has developed, so has the support for these young people into making films. There was a definite need to provide a space for young people to learn more about sustainability, story writing and film making, outside of their usual school environment.


The full day workshop, which is free to attend for all year 7 to 13 students, teachers of all ages, youth workers and classroom assistants, will cover all of these topics and guide the attendees through an exciting and fulfilling journey. All you have to do is pop over to the registration page and enter your details.


The workshops provide a safe and encouraging environment for all students to increase their knowledge in these subjects. The facilitators guide everyone through the programme in a fashion that is flexible enough to respond to the individual needs of the group. No two workshops are the same, even though the plan is. Teams are created and stories are devised and developed during the day with the afternoon session devoted to going out and making a very short film which is screened to everyone else at the end of the workshop. If you haven’t encountered working towards a deadline, made a pitch for your great idea or worked with completely new people before then this is your chance to have a go at these real world situations.

Over the years, there have been a couple of Upper Clutha based winning films. Last year Daisy Thor-Poet entered Material Witness, a film in which a thirteen-year old girl shows us how to combine a calling for the arts and the call of nature to produce stunning artworks.


Casting our thoughts even further back to 2007, Hugo Ayre, Noel Bisson, Hank Bilous, all from Hawea Flat Primary school entered their film Melting Ice, Flooded Homes, The Future which went on to become a winning entry.”