Unitec partners with film challenge to address topic of sustainability

12 December 2012

Unitec were proud to be the Tertiary Partner for The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people in 2013.

An emerging generation of film makers attended The Someday Awards red-carpet event on the 5th December held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

There were 191 entries to the film challenge, involving about 700 participants. 20 winning films were chose, made by youngsters from the age of 7 to 24 from all over New Zealand, tackling subjects ranging from climate change and recycling to the sustainability of language and culture.

The Judging Team consisted of Unitec’s Senior Lecturer in Performing and Screen Arts, Scott Wilson, who mentions how the films provide a platform for youngsters to voice their opinions through media production.

“The film-makers are committed, energetic and driven. They are exactly the voices our society needs and they speak loudly to the concerns we all face.”

“Excellently made, passionately told, fabulously fun – each film is a wonderful insight into an emerging group of socially conscious media practitioners and citizens.”

Athina Tsoulis, Deputy Executive Dean, FCIB presented the Unitec Storytelling Award for a film with powerful storytelling.

Unitec also contributed the prize for The Body Shop Standout Winner, which was presented by Barrie Thomas from The Body Shop and David Jacobs from The Outlook for Someday. The winner, Natasha Bishop (16) from Whitby, receives courses or film production facilities to the value of $8000 at Unitec.

Aboraceous is a playful glimpse into the future, warning us of the consequences if we do not take better care for our planet,” said Athina Tsoulis,

“Film is a powerful medium and gives us the ability to communicate our message to a wide audience. It is pleasing to see this tool used for the greater good. We look forward to Natasha developing her next moving image work at Unitec.”

Check out Natasha’s winning film, Arboraceous and the rest of The Outlook for Someday winners here: http://www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/winning-films/

Unitec were well represented at The Someday Awards with alumni Liesha Ward Knox MCing the event and Kiel McNaughton giving the closing speech. Liesha and Kiel are both ambassadors of The Outlook for Someday.


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