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Leaders of the future get socially innovative for Festival for the Future

Festival for the Future

The filmmakers of Splashroom Media have certainly been keeping busy since we last caught up with them. Their major project for 2011 was the ReGeneration Roadtrip, which saw the team travelling with a group of 10 young people around New Zealand, hosting school visits, weekend retreats and community workshops, all the while producing a range of stories and media to document their journey of 'active citizenship'. After all, social enterprise is what they do: their movies follow young Kiwis making great changes in their environment and communities, nature documentary, and the challenges of a changing world.

Now Splashroom's Guy Ryan is tackling a totally new venture, Festival for the Future – a national youth event for emerging creatives, entrepreneurs and inspiring Kiwis leading innovative projects in their communities, continuing on from the work started as part of ReGeneration. Think entertainment, guest speakers, workshops, film screenings and more.

"We believe young people can change the world. We're passionate about Kiwi innovation – to showcase, celebrate and support it."

Organised by the Inspiring Stories Trust, the charity Ryan set up, the festival will run from November 4–6 in Wellington at the NZ Film Archive (Main Venue) & NZ Film School. Workshops include:

+ 21st Century Leadership

+ Unpacking Social Change

+ Government Engagement

+ Creative Entrepreneurship

+ Social Innovation

+ Changemaking

+ Good Storytelling

+ Photo-Journalism

+ Cinematography

+ Sound – Field & Studio

+ Animation

+ Open Space

"Expect to be inspired – to discover a range of innovative projects happening around New Zealand. Expect to meet new people – to spark new ideas and project possibilities. Expect to develop a range of creative and entrepreneurial skills... It may even be life-changing."

Festival contributors include New Zealander of the Year Sir Paul Callaghan , Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown,and chair of the Vodafone NZ Foundation, Michael Stanley, among others. Representing the yoof are Young New Zealander of the Year Jamie Fenton, co-convener of the ReGeneration Network Billie Matheson, and Louis Brown, who led key earthquake response initiatives in Christchurch.

Going forward, the vision is to develop even more programmes to support and celebrate young Kiwis making a difference.

"Even with no guarantee of funding it’s important to dream, take risks, to be optimistic and to back yourself – anything is possible."