Inspiring Stories Film Competition

The Inspiring Stories Film Competition celebrates young New Zealanders making a difference in their community. Entries for the competition closed on September 10th, but we are proud to announce this year’s finalists! Simply open this PDF. You are welcome to vote for your favourite films on our Facebook page and help elect this year’s People Choice Award Winner before November 20th here


About the Competition

The Inspiring Stories Film Competition challenges anyone to make a film around the theme ‘young Kiwis making a difference’. Over the past three years we’ve received a range of entries about all kinds of remarkable youth-led initiatives – from plastic bottle kayak adventures to young people overcoming adversity; running for Council to advocating for gender equality. Be sure to check out the previous winners. The major prize goes to the most inspiring story!

Download the Entry Guidelines PDF.
Download the poster (A3 portrait or A4 landscape).


Wanting the skills to make a film?

We held workshops earlier this year in Wellington for those wanting to improve their film skills. We will hold them next year too! If you have any questions about workshops, please email:


Film Competition Key Details

First prize is $2,000 and a two-day internship at Images & Sound post-production house in Auckland. We’ll be announcing other prizes for categories winners & awards later in 2014.

Theme: Young Kiwis Making a Difference
Three Categories: Secondary, Tertiary & Open
Deadline: 6pm, September 10th 2014
Film Duration: any length up to 5-minutes (Can’t be longer than 5:00)
Genre: any genre you like


Early-bird Entry Fee: $20 per film* (if entered before 6pm 10th August, 2014)
Regular Entry Fee: $50 per film* (must be entered before 6pm, 10th September 2014)
*The entry fee helps us coordinate the competition, the awards ceremony, and share the inspiring stories with schools and communities nationwide.

Key Dates

May – Competition Opens
August 10th – early-bird Submissions Close 6pm
September 10th – Submissions Close 6pm
December 6th – Awards Ceremony 6.30pm, Winners to be announced

Special Awards

We’re excited to announce that this year there will be a range of special awards to recognise entries into the competition about young people making a difference in the following areas. If you’re stuck for an idea on what story you want to tell these special awards might act as a little inspiration. We’ll be announcing prizes for each of these between now and September – and, you can be eligible for more than one special award!


Climate Solutions // Generation Zero

Our friends at Generation Zero are New Zealand’s biggest youth-led movement for creating solutions to climate change. As a starting point – ideas for this category could include young people making a difference around clean energy, sustainable transport, local food, planting trees or campaigning.


Creativity & Culture // The Big Idea

From street art to collaborative neighbourhood murals, dance, performance or events that bring people together in new and interesting ways – creativity can take many forms. The Big Idea is New Zealand’s biggest online creative community, they’ll be helping us choose the special award for Creativity & Culture.


Social Justice // Trade Aid

There are many injustices in our world, and young New Zealanders involved in making a difference for basic human rights at home or abroad is really important. This could include enabling access to clean water, food and shelter, getting involved in things like the 40 hour famine, or campaigning for gender equality – there’ loads of options!


Social Enterprise // Inspiring Stories Trust

A social entepreneur recognises a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Social enterprises come in many forms, and is a growing movement around the world. Live the Dream and organisations like Akina are good links to Kiwi social enterprise stories.


Leadership // Sir Peter Blake Trust

Leadership isn’t always have to be about the person at the front of the room, it has many forms. Our friends at the Sir Peter Blake Trust develop and celebrate leadership amongst young New Zealanders nationwide, and partner with us to give this award out to young people demonstrating great leadership in action.


Kaitiaki // Sustainable Coastlines

Kaitiaki means guardian. Our mates at Sustainable Coastlines do an epic job of mobilising thousands of Kiwis every year to be Kaitiaki for the beaches we all love. They’ll be helping us award young people making a difference for our environment, embracing the principles of kaitiakitanga.


Check out Last Years’ Winners

2013 Inspiring Stories Film Competition Winners

If you have any questions please email us at


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