Non-profit organization The Redford Center has unveiled the 2018 cohort of feature-length documentary films that will receive US$20,000 in development funding.
The Redford Center Grants Program, with support from The New York Community Trust, will award seven film projects currently in development that focus on environmental issues relevant to the U.S. marketplace. The seven recipients – 70% of whom are female filmmakers – were whittled down from a list of more than 130 applicants.
The fund provides filmmakers with support, $20,000 development grants to produce a proof-of-concept short film, and access to a network of industry and environmental experts.
In addition, winning filmmaking teams will travel next month to The Redford Center Storytelling Summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo, Utah to test and refine their ideas with industry and environmental advisors and experts in film, media, funding and policy.
The winning team of filmmakers will also have the opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 in production funds in year two.
The Redford Center, co-founded by Robert Redford and son James Redford, is dedicated to solutions and hope for environmental change.
The 2016 Redford Center grantees cohort includes the films Inventing Tomorrow, which opened in theaters on August 31, 2018, Akicita, which premiered at Sundance 2018, How We Grow, which won the Best of the Fest Award at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and the short film Reefs At Risk, which successfully supported the campaign to ban sunscreens in the state of Hawaii that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, both harmful to coral reefs.
“We’ve experienced first-hand the power of inviting stakeholders to weigh in on a film’s narrative early on in the development process and it can make all the difference,” said Jill Tidman, executive director of The Redford Center, in a statement. “That’s why we give development grants and our primary goal is to set the filmmakers up so their films can reach intended target audiences and achieve their impact goals, and for that to happen, early collaboration is key.”
This year’s winning grantees are listed below. For more information about Redford Center Grants, please click here.
Adaptation, directed by Alizé Carrère
The Bering Gate, directed by Gabrielle Tenenbaum
Exposure, directed by Holly Morris
In the Air, directed by John Fiege
Meat the Future (pictured), directed by Liz Marshall
Uniontown, directed by Fraser Jones
Youth v Gov, directed by Christi Cooper