Say What? David Jacobs

What’s been key to keeping The Outlook for Someday going and growing over the last decade?
It’s always money! We’ve had tremendous support from partners and supporters over the years. But so much effort still has to go into fundraising. I know we’re not the only people who have this challenge but I’d dearly love to have more space to develop the project without the relentless need to raise money to keep it going.

The Body Shop has supported the trust since The Middle-earth Connection, and they’ve saved our bacon more than once. But so have the young people who’ve made some brilliant films for the film challenge. They have also kept the project going with their creativity.

The Break Up

2009 was a really difficult year for the project. We had actually told people that it was going to be the last year. But we stuck it out and that year we got a really great film entered into the film challenge called The Break Up by Charlee Collins, a final-year student at Kaitaia College.

The Judging Team wanted to give it some special recognition but up until then we had resisted the idea of ranking the 20 winning films in the film challenge. They said “why don’t you call it the standout winner?” And so the idea of the Standout Winner was born, to which The Body Shop now has naming rights.

Charlee’s film was the first one we submitted to an international festival. We entered it for the biennial Panda Awards, which is the gold standard of environment and conservation film festivals. It didn’t win but it did get a special mention from the judges, and that was the start of something new for the project.

TOFS winner Charlee Collins with director Jonathan King

TOFS winner Charlee Collins with director Jonathan King

We’ve carried on entering winning films into overseas festivals, with a couple of big successes. And now it’s part of the prize package – we make a commitment each year to enter every winning film into at least one international film festival the following year. Of the 20 winning films from 2015, 11 have been selected for international film festivals this year – more than ever before.

What have been some of the key achievements for The Outlook for Someday over the last decade?
Our achievements are really the achievements of the films and film-makers we’ve been able to encourage and support.

We entered the 2012 Standout Winner Natasha Bishop’s Arboraceous into the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), where it won two awards. Natasha made the film when she was 16 and was the youngest filmmaker ever to have a film selected by the festival.