The Redford Center in San Francisco has announced that it is more than tripling the size of its 2020 Grants Program, awarding 22 filmmaking teams with funding, tools and support for their environmentally-focused feature documentaries.
The projects, all in varying stages of development and production, focus on a wide variety of urgent issues, including food security, environmental toxins and community health, racial justice, indigenous rights, and endangered habitat and species protection.
Selected from 160 applications, the 2020 group is made up of 16 grant winners and an inaugural class of six mini-grant winners.
Each of the 16 primary projects will receive a US$20,000 cash grant and the latest GoPro gear, while the six mini-grant award winners receive a US$1,000 cash grant. All filmmakers enjoy networking and partnership opportunities, guidance on impact strategies and goals, as well as promotional support. They will also be eligible to receive additional production funds in 2021.
“The Redford Center is deeply grateful to be able to scale up our commitment to investing in solution-oriented storytelling at a time when we and our world need so much hope,” said Jill Tidman, executive director of The Redford Center, in a statement. “This year’s grantees represent an exciting range of films and filmmaking approaches and will serve a pressing need to engage far more people, and a more diverse population, in the movement to solve the environmental and climate crises.”
The Redford Center Grants Program is funded by The New York Community Trust, with support from KindHumans and GoPro For A Cause. This year, additional funding is provided by Janice and Matthew Barger, Shari and Dan Plummer, and the Pisces Foundation.
A biennial program, The Redford Center featured seven films in 2018 and six in 2016. Previous projects have screened at festivals such as Sundance, San Francisco International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Information about the films can be found here.