Redford Center unveils documentary grants program

The non-profit organization founded by Robert and Jamie Redford has launched its inaugural grants program that will look to support five environmentally-focused impact doc projects in the early stages of development.
June 22, 2016

Non-profit organization The Redford Center has launched an inaugural grants program that will look to support early-stage, feature-length doc projects.

Redford Center Grants, which is being funded by the New York Community Trust, will provide financial backing as well as mentorship and networking opportunities to five doc projects focused on increasing environmental awareness and action.

The program will focus its search on character-driven films that “present meaningful and insightful perspective” on headlining environmental issues, in addition to stories that “leave audiences with a sense of hope.”

Selected filmmaking teams will receive US$15,000 in development funding to produce a film treatment and a proof-of-concept film in a three-month timeframe, as well as distribution of that proof-of-concept film; a GoPro Hero 4 Black camera; travel and lodging to attend a story development summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort; access to issue experts and industry leaders; and, finally, consideration for a production grant and copro opportunity from Redford Center on the feature film. 

The Redford Center Grants advisory panel will consist of Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, co-founder of Catapult Film Fund; Joey Hodges, CEO & managing partner of Demonstrate PR; Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association; Loira Limbal, VP and Documentary Lab director at Firelight Media; Charlie Phillips, head of documentaries at The Guardian; Tom Sebastian, co-CEO and chief creative officer at Swirl; Wil Tidman, VP of creative and strategy at GoPro Entertainment; Emily Verellen Strom, senior director of programs at The Fledgling Fund; and Donald Young, director of programs for the Center for Asian-American Media.

Applications have opened today (June 22) and will close on August 10. International filmmakers are welcome to apply.

The Redford Center was co-founded by Robert and Jamie Redford in 2005 and looks to transform “pressing social and environmental issues into hopeful, solution-based educational content that drives action and positive change.”

For further information on the Redford Center Grants program or to apply, click here.

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