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Luka’s films announced among winners

“It’s all for my brother, Kosta. It’s my way of keeping his spirit and story alive.”

Both films submitted by Luka Wolfgram to annual film-making challenge, the Someday Challenge, have been announced among the 20 winning films.

The Someday Challenge drew more than 130 entries from around New Zealand. The brief was broad: films should be based on a theme of sustainability, no longer than five minutes, and entrants aged under 25. Beyond that, anything was possible.

A panel of 11 judges named the 20 Winning Films.

Luka, 14, won two awards: the first for Dear Grief, a beautiful and poetic reflection of his relationship with grief following the loss of his younger brother, and the second for What Matters Is, a drama about the importance of staying connected to our culture.

Luka’s previous film about Kosta, Our Superheroes, was a winning film in the Someday Challenge 2016.

Judges commended Luka’s courage in sharing a deeply personal journey and praised his storytelling talent. They observed that as a film-maker he had grown enormously during the two years since he last entered.

“It’s all for my brother, Kosta,” says Luka. “It’s my way of keeping his spirit and story alive.”

Luka will now attend the Someday Awards ceremony on 6 December.

You can watch the winning films on stuff.co.nz (links below) and cast a vote for the Stuff Audience Choice Award through until midnight on Monday, December 3.

What Matters Is:


Dear Grief: