The Redford Center Grants Program 2018

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Application Deadline- June 1, 2018

The Redford Center Grants provides early-stage funding for hopeful stories that drive awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.

The 2018 Cycle of The Redford Center Grants program is being funded by the New York Community Trust. We invite applications from filmmakers working on feature-length documentary films with environmental topics focused on issues and solutions in the United States.

Six feature-length film projects focused on increasing public engagement and action on environmental issues will be selected. They are looking for character-driven stories that present fresh and insightful perspectives on environmental issues, that leave audiences with a sense of hope for the future, and that offer positive examples of how individuals can take action in their
own communities.


Each filmmaking team chosen will receive the following support:

  •  A $20,000 development grant to create a short proof-of-concept film in a six month timeframe that can be used to support the fundraising, outreach and production of your feature film.
  • A GoPro Camera and Tech Kit, along with expert support for their filmmaking.
  • A travel and lodging grant to attend a Story Development Summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort October 25-28, 2018.
  •  Opportunities to meet issue experts and industry leaders who will help filmmaking teams refine their project narratives and impact goals  refine their project narratives and impact goals.
  • In Year Two:
    • Consideration for Redford Center co-production of the feature film.
    • Consideration for a production grant to support the feature film


  • All members of the applicant team must be 18 years of age or older.
    • Projects must be feature-length, impact-focused documentary films (animation, VR, and other emerging techniques are welcome to be included in the work).
  • Projects must be focused on a timely environmental topic. The Redford Center broadly defines an “environmental topic” as an issue that concerns or endangers the health of humans, animals, communities and/or earth ecosystems.
  •  In 2018, all topics must be relevant to, or happening in, the United States. However, international filmmakers are eligible to apply if their topics are relevant to, or happening in, the United States.
  • All grantees are required to attend the Story Development Summit October 25-28, 2018 at the Sundance Mountain Resort. This date is not negotiable, and grant awards will not be made to filmmaking teams who do not attend. Therefore, if you cannot make this date, please do not apply during this grant cycle.
  • All applicants agree to allow The Redford Center to use stills, images, and quotes from their application in promotional material (as appropriate).
  • Applicants cannot be staff or board members of The Redford Center.
  • Applicants cannot be full-time students.
  • Only one application per project will be accepted during this grants cycle.
  • If you submitted a film to Redford Center Grants in the past, it is okay to submit the same film, or a new film. However, if you are submitting for the same film, please only submit if your project has progressed, shifted, or changed in some way.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the The Redford Center Grants Program

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