Redford Center Grants

Redford Center Grants

Redford Center Grants provided grant funds, mentorship opportunities, and networking support to filmmakers who understood the power of a well-told, well-timed story as a means to inspire positive change in the world.

Funded by The New York Community Trust, the 2016 pilot program supported six feature-length film projects in early development that are focused on driving awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.

“New ideas and information must become stories that touch the human heart in order to change things,” said Jamie Redford, Co-Founder of The Redford Center. “It’s in these early stages of the filmmaking process when funds are often most difficult to secure, and when these teams of storytellers can benefit most from mentorship, story support, and making the right connections.”  

Each film team received:

  • A $15,000 development grant to produce a written film treatment and a short proof-of-concept film over a 3-month timeframe
  • Mentorship from issue experts and industry leaders to refine project narratives and impact goals
  • A GoPro Hero 4 Black camera to support filmmaking
  • Film distribution as part of The Redford Center Grants programs’ series of shorts
  • A travel and lodging grant to attend a Story Development Summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort
  • An opportunity to be considered for co-production with The Redford Center, and/or to receive an additional production grant

The Redford Center accepted inaugural submissions from June 15, 2016 – July 27, 2016. 282 applications from 28 countries were received.