Rangatahi (youth) are our future leaders and storytellers, and we want to provide an opportunity to uplift and amplify the voices of the next generation of creatives

Our focus

Today’s youth adopt and adapt to new technologies - they are already engaged in creating and consuming a range of visual and digital content. We can provide opportunities to develop storytelling skills, to engage audiences with their passions, concerns and ideas.

It will help grow the next generation of globally aware and connected leaders through screen literacy, knowledge and cultural exchange programmes, co-designed with rangatahi to ensure buy-in.

These programmes will also show Wellington’s youth that a creative life and living is possible in Wellington.

Our plans

  • Engage rangatahi to enjoy screen experiences and create content about their passions and concerns
  • Ensure equal access for all children and young people – diverse representation and perspectives to build understanding
  • Provide opportunities to explore the Sustainable Development Agenda and how it relates to their communities now and in the future
  • Provide screen experience and literacy programmes designed by youth to inspire and engage their peers.

Our actions

Our UNESCO City of Film platform partnered with The Outlook for Someday to deliver a creative leadership programme for young filmmakers. 

Called Someday Leaders, the programme was designed to provide young people an insight into the role of producer or creative leadership with a “get the crew together” approach to creating and promoting projects in their own communities. 

Over a weekend, young people aged 13-19 from a variety of schools and diverse backgrounds formed teams to make a short film with a sustainability focus.  During that process, they learnt how to manage conflict, have difficult conversations, motivate others and think about the audience and their art in a wider context. 

They then presented their short films which ranged in themes and genre from a moody and erratic tale of someone struggling with mental health issues to a mockumentary about an environmental superhero gone rogue.

The programme proved so successful it will be re-offered in 2022.