What is Making a Difference?

We live in a world with some big issues on our hands – social, environmental and economic. Sometimes the only picture we’re presented with is how stink things are. But we know there are people all over the world doing all kinds of amazing things to make the world a better place – including right here in our own backyard!

Here’s the challenge – make a film, of any genre, that’s five minutes or shorter on the theme of “young kiwis making a difference.” Whether it’s cranking a community garden, cleaning up the local beach or rebuilding Christchurch – find a person or project that you think is doing something awesome, and tell us about them!

2017 Awards Ceremony


Most Inspiring Story (Overall Winner)
Jess Weller, by Bayleigh Ward

Creativity Award
Unspeakable, by Vicente Ovalle & Alonso Benton

Leadership Award
Life Matters, by Sophie Ross

Social Justice Award
Subsistence to Sustainability, by Sarah Ridsdale

Climate Solutions Award
Clever Trevor, by Sam Ridsdale

Making a Difference Award
Irene Wakefield, by Bayleigh Ward

Cinematography, Environment & Kaitiaki Award
Saving the Native Birds, by Lana Young

Open Category
Seed Waikato, by Blair Paterson

Tertiary Category, Social Enterprise Award, Editing Award
Noa Woolloff, by Bayleigh Ward

Secondary Category
Dear Grief, by Luka Wolfgram

Honourable Mentions
Kirk, by Isaac Winsley, Hannah Honiss, Molly Jennings
Mana, by Taylor Nixon

Featured Selection of 2017 Winners


Key Dates

7 JUL 2017 – Submissions open
25 AUG 2017 – Early bird entries close
6 NOV 2017 – Regular entries close
24 NOV 2017 – Finalists announced
3 MAR 2018 – Awards Night, Wellington

Entry Fees

Early Bird Entry Fee – $20 per film
(Entered before 8pm 25 August 2017)

Regular Entry Fee – $50 per film
(Entered before 8pm 6 November 2017)


First prize is $2,000 and a two day internship at Images & Sound in Auckland.

And many more prizes for the special awards.


Previous winners from Making a Difference

Making a Difference Partners