Someday Stories

Request for Proposals

Applications are currently closed. 

We are planning to open applications for Someday Stories 7 later in 2022. If you are interested in applying please check out the links below to help with your application. 

  • Once we open applications we will provide an Application Form, Budget Template as well as a checklist for what to submit. 
  • There is a list of FAQs here

The Films

The idea is that Someday Stories are:

  • Innovative, imaginative and eclectic
  • A broad and inclusive take on the theme of sustainability which may speak to the environment, society, culture, health, human rights or peace
  • A curated programme of films and film-makers that are diverse in content and in personnel

Any genre is welcome - drama, documentary, music video or whatever - and so is live-action, animation or a mix of both.

The films might be edgy, enchanting, funny, inspiring, reflective, experimental...

Together they will spark ideas, stimulate debate and convey important information.

For Someday Stories 6, we will be specifically aiming to commission at least one film that conveys te ao Māori and has at least 50% te reo Māori content. We will also be aiming to commission at least one film with Pasifika content.


The initiative is targeted towards emerging young film-makers rather than mid stage or more experienced film-makers.

The contracted production teams will include;

  • a Director
  • a Producer

There may be variations on the above (e.g Writer/Director or Co-Producers) but the team must comprise a producer who is seperate to the director.

  • are aged 18 - 29
    i.e born between 1 July 1992 and 1 February 2004
  • Are New Zealand citizens or resident
    Due to COVID-19 and current New Zealand government border restrictions, all applicants must be residing in New Zealand.

And additionally who's Directors and Writer/Directors;

  • have not previously received production funding as a director from NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho or the New Zealand Film Commission
    This includes either directly or via another scheme for emerging film-makers funded by either of those agencies.
    Exceptions to this rule include where a film-maker has received a commission to make a music video that has been funded by NZ On Air or where a filmmaker has received mentorship funding from one of the above funding bodies. We reserve the right to make further exceptions where appropriate.

NB: Additional people working on the film such as key HOD’s, cast & crew members are not required to meet the above eligibility requirements.

If you have questions or you would like to discuss these eligibility requirements please email

Each commissioned production team will work with The Someday Stories team, who will manage and executive produce the series.

Production Budgets

Each production will have a contracted budget of $10,000 for documentary, and $15,000 for a scripted drama, which will be provided to the production teams in instalments to finance their films from pre-production to final cut.

The production budget;

  • is expected to include payment for everyone involved in making the film (including those in key roles such as Producer, Director, Producer/Director, Co-Producer and/or Writer).
  • is not expected to include grading and audio mixing, which will be organised separately with the film-makers by The Someday Stories team.

Production Mentors & Script Consultants

Each production team will also be assigned a production mentor from the New Zealand film industry. The mentors will support them as they navigate their creative and logistical journey from commissioned proposal to final cut.

The scripted drama teams will also be given the opportunity to work with a professional script consultant from the New Zealand film industry.

Selection Process

Producers for shortlisted applications will be contacted in December in order to arrange meetings with members of The Someday Stories team.

The meetings will take place in person or via video call the following week (13-17 December) with each meeting lasting approximately one hour.

In those meetings the production team for each shortlisted application will have an opportunity to pitch their project face-to-face. There will also be discussion regarding any further development of the application/proposal.

Producers for shortlisted applications will need to provide any further evolved or updated documents by 10 January 2022.

The six Someday Stories will then be selected in consultation with the Screen Partners and commissioned in late January 2022.

Availability for Key Production Events

Production teams will need to be able to commit sufficient time and availability to complete their productions in accordance with the Someday Stories production schedule. In addition to being available to meet the needs of their own productions, this will also mean being available for:

  • Shortlisted application meetings
  • A Someday Stories 6 Hui in Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Colour Grading and Sound Mixing sessions in Tāmaki Makaurau
  • A Premiere screening event in Tāmaki Makaurau

Timeline for Someday Stories 6 (2022)

29 November 2021
Application Deadline

6 December 2021
Shortlisted applications contacted

13-17 December 2021
Meetings with Shortlisted Production Teams

10 January 2022
Deadline for evolved or updated application documents from Shortlisted Production Teams

Late January 2022
Commissioning and Contracting

28 January 2022
Someday Stories 6 Hui

February - May 2022
Production to Rough Cut stage

Late-May - Mid-June 2022
Sign off of Final Cuts

Late June / Early July 2022
Grading and Audio Post-Production

July 2022
Completion of Delivery Requirements

August - September 2022
Premiere, Promotion and Online Release

Production & Content Requirements

Each commissioned film-maker / team will be contracted to produce and deliver their film on schedule and in line with industry standards.

They will confirm that:

  • They are entitled to use all material in their film for it to be screened throughout the world in/on any media as well as in advertising, promotion and publicity of the film and of Someday Stories - and that they will provide all necessary licenses and releases to that effect.
  • All personnel involved in making their film (including themselves) will be paid, credited and contracted under the relevant industry body approved contract (which are available from each relevant union or guild).
  • They will produce their film on an equal opportunities basis (to the extent possible).
  • They will produce their film in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the NZ Screen Sector Health & Safety Guidelines at
  • Their film will be of a technical quality that is appropriate for it to be screened online, broadcast on television and shown at film festivals.
  • Their film will
    • meet the standards in section 4(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 (including as those standards can be modified to apply to content that is not a "programme" under the Act).
    • meet YouTube's Community Guidelines.
    • be consistent with legislated standards for content intended for audiences of young people aged at least 15, including under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.
    • be able to receive an unrestricted rating from New Zealand's Film and Video Labelling Body.


Please email any enquiries about this Request for Proposals to



Proposals and Applications

Production teams who would like to make one of the six films need to provide the following documents before applications close. 

  1. A completed application form:
    (PDF preferred)

    Someday Stories 6 - Application Form [Applications now closed]

    Note: You will be asked to briefly talk about complying with relevant COVID-19 requirements as per Ministry of Health and Government directives. Refer to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for more info.

  2. A proposal of up to 10 pages, including:
    (PDF preferred)
    • Logline
      The logline is a statement that reflects the narrative ‘hook’, premise or essential dramatic dilemma inherent in the proposed film.
    • Brief synopsis
      The synopsis is a highly condensed story outline that clearly reflects the dramatic spine of the film. It touches on the film’s tone, genre, emotional journey and key characters and must include the film’s ending.
    • A detailed narrative outline if the film is to be a scripted drama
      up to 1 page
    • Director’s treatment
      i.e what the final film will look, sound and feel like - This could include the following suggested sections; cast and casting, working with actors, cinematography, genre and tone, editing style, sound design, art department, wardrobe, VFX, score, SFX etc
    • Creative Team Statement
      A brief statement that covers the creative teams’ (ie director, writer etc) personal connection to the story and/or subject matter.
    • Details of key production team members with biographical information relevant to their proposed production role
    • Links to previous films by key production team members
    • Production schedule indicating how the film can be produced to final cut stage from February to mid-June 2021
    • Information regarding work, study or other relevant commitments of production team members during 2021 and how those commitments are compatible with both the production schedule and the Selection Process outlined below
    • Audience Engagement and Marketing Plan identifying the audiences for the film, and how the production team plans to engage audiences and promote their film
  3. A production budget using the Budget Template:
    (Excel spreadsheet preferred. I.e, not pdf or numbers file)

    Someday Stories 6 - Budget Template
  4. If the film is to be a scripted drama, one of the following:
    (PDF preferred)
    • a full script
    • a credible scripting plan
      e.g. if the script is to be derived from an improvisation process
  5. At least one letter of support from someone who knows the production team and can comment on their capacity to deliver on schedule
    (PDF preferred)