Posted Tuesday 23 Aug 2022
It's wonderful to see WIFT NZ members out there making a difference in budding filmmakers' lives. Some of you worked on or were mentors for this year's Someday Stories Series 6, supporting the exceptional work of six emerging young filmmaking teams, and supporting them to produce their first professionally funded short film project.
These films will premiere every Monday and Wednesday throughout late August to mid-September, with the first film launching online on Monday 29 August. All of the films will be accessible to watch through the Someday Stories channels and their screen partners; RNZ, Whakaata Māori and PlayStuff.
Mary Mary was written and directed by Gabriella Gilbert with Emma Mortimer as consulting producer.
An out of wedlock pregnancy in 1963 New Zealand forces eighteen year old Mary to take things into her own hands at great personal risk, altering the course of more than one life.
Release: Monday 29 August.
Kava ‘o Aotearoa was directed by Joshua Teariki Baker and produced by Maria Tanner.
A collective of Pasifika cultural guardians reactivate ancient Tu’i Tonga kava ceremony for contemporary use in Aotearoa in a way that honours tangata whenua.
Release: Wednesday 31 August
Birthday was written and directed by Sam Goodey, co-produced by Ashlynn Phillips and Kathy McRae was Production Mentor.
Celebrating a birthday, a young boy and his exhausted babysitter wait for his unusually late parents.
Release: Monday 5th September.
Maumahara, written and directed by Kaitiaki Rodger, was produced by Kat Glass, and Catherine Fitzgerald was production mentor.
A recycling truck driver takes his son on a night shift and tries to impress upon him the importance of not losing his reo.
Release: Monday 12 September (Te Wiki o te Reo Māori).