Day One Hāpai te Haeata is a supportive community which provides rangatahi with the tools, guidance and opportunities to share stories on screen.


Whether you’re a student giving filmmaking a go, or you’re ready to take your first steps into the film industry, at Day One we have a range of initiatives to help you learn, make, and connect with other storytellers.

We’re passionate about uplifting and amplifying youth voices. From day one of coming up with ideas, to day one on set, through to day one of film festival distribution - we’re here to help you to develop, create impact, and DO film.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.

'Lets keep us close together, not far apart'


In 2007, Connected Media Charitable Trust founder David Jacobs launched The Outlook for Someday – New Zealand’s sustainability film project for young people. Beginning with an annual film challenge – the ‘Someday Challenge’ – the project grew into a filmmaking workshop programme with mentorship opportunities, and ‘Someday Stories’ – a funded, short filmmaking opportunity for emerging filmmakers across Aotearoa.

After seventeen years as The Outlook for Someday, the project has been reinvented and rebranded as Day One Hāpai te Haeata – a platform and learning hub for young filmmakers across Aotearoa. The Someday Challenge and Someday Stories have become Day One Challenge and Day One Shorts and will continue to offer upskilling opportunities for young people wanting to explore impact storytelling on screen.

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