Redford Center Grants

by The Redford Center

Redford Center Grants provided grant funds, mentorship opportunities, and networking support to filmmakers who understood the power of a well-told, well-timed story as a means to inspire positive change in the world.

Funded by The New York Community Trust, the 2016 pilot program supported six feature-length film projects in early development that are focused on driving awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.

“New ideas and information must become stories that touch the human heart in order to change things,” said Jamie Redford, Co-Founder of The Redford Center. “It’s in these early stages of the filmmaking process when funds are often most difficult to secure, and when these teams of storytellers can benefit most from mentorship, story support, and making the right connections.” 

Each film team received:

  • A $15,000 development grant to produce a written film treatment and a short proof-of-concept film over a 3-month timeframe
  • Mentorship from issue experts and industry leaders to refine project narratives and impact goals
  • A GoPro Hero 4 Black camera to support filmmaking
  • Film distribution as part of The Redford Center Grants programs’ series of shorts
  • A travel and lodging grant to attend a Story Development Summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort
  • An opportunity to be considered for co-production with The Redford Center, and/or to receive an additional production grant

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The Redford Center Awards Grants to Six Documentaries Focused on Environmental Filmmaking

March 26, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

The Redford Center is proud to announce its inaugural round of grants for six indie documentaries, all focused on “pushing the boundaries of environmental filmmaking.” In addition, the official Selection Committee has also singled out 7 honorees from a robust bunch of applicants that included 282 applications received from 28 countries worldwide (of particular note: 67% of the Grantees are female filmmakers).

“We have been humbled by the global response to our first-ever call to support films with innovative approaches to the challenges of environmental storytelling,” said Jamie Redford, Chair and Co-Founder of The Redford Center, of the announcement and their brand new honorees. “We said we were seeking the weird and the wild, and we got it. The range of creative and intelligent filmmakers working in this space only makes us more determined than ever to support and mentor more of their work in the future. It’s incredibly exciting.”

The winning projects will travel and gather next month at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo, Utah at The Redford Center Storytelling Summit to workshop their ideas with mentors and experts in film, media, funding and policy. Funded by The New York Community Trust, the six filmmaking teams will each receive a $15,000 development grant to produce a written film treatment and short proof-of-concept film over a 3-month timeframe, mentorship from issue experts and industry leaders to refine their project narratives and impact goals, a GoPro Hero 4 Black Camera, film distribution as part of Redford Center Grants’ series of shorts and consideration for co-production with The Redford Center.

“Some of the most moving and inspirational environmental stories are the ones that highlight what people are doing every day to ensure the health of our planet for generations to come,” said Robert Redford, Co-Founder of The Redford Center. “These grants enable us to support the development of films that showcase solutions and demonstrate what’s possible.”

The six-winning Redford Center Grantees for 2016 are as follows:

  • “Brainiacs,” Directed by Laura Nix
  • “The Coverup,” Directed by Malina Fagan & Lynn Pelletier
  • “How We Grow,” Directed by Haley Thompson & Tomas Zuccareno
  • “Hwangsa,” Directed by Claire Sanford
  • “Nobody Loves Me,” Directed by Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman
  • “Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires),” Directed by Cody Lucich

Story courtesy of Indie Wire


The Redford Center Awards Grants to Six Documentaries Focused on Environmental Filmmaking

March 26 2017 | San Francisco, CA

The Redford Center is proud to announce its inaugural round of grants for six indie documentaries, all focused on “pushing

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