The Redford Center, which was founded in 2005 by Jamie and Robert Redford, will be accepting inaugural submissions starting today for a newly established grant program — Redford Center Grants. The program will provide grant funds, mentorship opportunities and networking to support filmmakers “who understand the power of a well-told, well-timed story as a means to inspire positive change in the world.” The pilot program will focus on environmental projects.
Funded by the New York Community Trust, they are focusing on feature-length film projects early in their development that are “focused on driving awareness, education and tangible action” on environmental projects.
Five filmmaking teams will be picked this year from submissions whose end date is August 10, 2016. Each will receive a $15K development grant to produce a written film treatment and a short proof-of-concept film over a three-month timeframe. In addition, a GoPro Hero 4 Black camera, film distribution as part of the Center’s series of shorts, a grant for travel and lodging to attend a story development summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort and a mentorship from experts. They will also have an opportunity to be considered for co-production with The Redford Center and/or to receive an additional production grant.