The Redford Center and IF/Then Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, have partnered to launch the Nature Access Pitch for short documentary films exploring access to nature.
The pitch is open to original, stand-alone doc shorts in production, and each filmmaker will pitch their submission to a jury of industry leaders, filmmakers and environmental experts.
Up to six finalists will be selected to participate in the live, in-person pitch event at DOC NYC this November.
The winning filmmaker will receive a US$25,000 production grant and a year of mentorship from IF/Then and The Redford Center that includes production support, creative feedback, distribution consultations and festival strategy.
Two honorable mention prizes of $5,000 production grants and distribution consultation will also be awarded.
Marking the first partnership between IF/Then Shorts and The Redford Center, the pitch celebrates docs that spotlight the social, emotional, physical, mental and community health benefits of time spent outdoors.
The collaboration aims to call attention to the complex social, racial, economic and health inequities related to issues of nature access and increasing representation of communities impacted most by environmental injustice.
Storytellers with short documentary projects featuring nearby nature or wild nature across all geographic and social contexts are encouraged to participate.
The IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch is open to people living and working in the United States, with an emphasis on stories and storytellers representing communities most impacted by environmental injustice and barriers to nature access, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, recent immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities and women.
Submissions should be in the form of character-driven, place-based, community-inspired, short form storytelling that showcases immediate solutions to cope with humanity’s disconnection with the outdoors.
To meet eligibility requirements, projects must be an original documentary with a duration of 10 to 30 minutes and be eligible for completion within six to nine months of receiving the winning prize.
Filmmakers must follow best practices in documentary ethics, and films must be designed for a U.S. audience. It must also be presented in English or have English subtitles, and be able to participate in the IF/Then Shorts distribution initiative by having no prior distribution commitments.
The application portal is currently open and will close on August 23, 2021.