Young Westies promote sustainability through film
The Trusts’ Your West Support Fund was set up to provide short-term financial assistance to community groups during Covid. The fund provided vital support to not-for-profit organisations helping West Aucklanders during difficult times.
One group to benefit from the initiative is the Connected Media Charitable Trust, which oversees several programmes promoting sustainability through filmmaking. Based in Glen Eden, the Trust received $5,380 to support its work with artistic local Westies.
The organisation’s main focus is the New Zealand-wide The Outlook for Someday initiative and includes three main programmes:
- Someday Challenge – a nationwide competition for aspiring filmmakers. Open to young people aged under 25, the challenge is to make a short, sustainability-related film up to five minutes long. The 2020 overall winning film explored how public art can add value to communities and our quality of life.
- Someday Stories – a series of six short films by emerging filmmakers across the country, highlighting sustainability issues. Last year, the winning films explored various themes, including sexual harassment, the housing crisis and the dangers of birds nesting on a popular beach. The films are screened nationwide by major broadcasters, including Stuff, Māori Television on Demand and Radio NZ.
- Someday Workshops – open to interested 11-18 year olds, these one-day sustainability filmmaking workshops are held nationwide.
This year, an exciting new initiative is being launched – Someday Leaders. The pilot programme of six nationwide workshops will develop experienced 14-20-year-olds looking to lead their peers in filmmaking. One of the workshops will be delivered in Glen Eden and is aimed specifically at Māori and Pasifika aspiring filmmakers.
In common with all community initiatives, Covid has brought several challenges with many of the programmes switching to online platforms. Henderson-based Woah! Studios provided invaluable help and support in making this happen. The amazing team at Woah! hosted Someday Workshops in August as well as a virtual version of the Someday Awards celebrating the achievements of participants.
‘The Your West Support Fund has helped us to keep going in what’s been a tough year for the arts,’ says Chris Widdup from Connected Media Charitable Trust.
‘Many thanks to The Trusts for providing some financial certainty in these very uncertain times.’
Providing creative outlets for young people is now more important than ever. And The Trusts is proud to be a supporter of the Connected Media Charitable Trust.