Redford Center Grants

Redford Center Grants

The World Needs Your Story

Since launching in 2016, The Redford Center has remained one of the few entities exclusively funding independent environmental documentaries and providing multi-faceted support to filmmakers. According to the International Documentary Association, there are about 440 grants in the nonfiction film funding landscape, and of that, only 8 awards exclusively support environmental stories. The Redford Center provides two of those grants. To date, Redford Center Grants have supported nearly 50 projects and awarded more than $1.3 million in funding. Redford Center grantee films have received awards, premieres, and distribution from industry leaders including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, PBS, National Geographic, Sundance Film Festival, Jackson Wild, DC Environmental Film Festival, and many more.

"When we received The Redford Center grant, we were thrilled! However, we had no idea of all the amazing benefits to being part of a Grantee Cohort. We have been consistently blown away by the workshops, resources, emails, opportunities to network – as well as invitations for additional funding. We are excited and honored to be a part of this wonderful family of filmmakers." - Katja Esson, Director/Producer, Razing Liberty Square, 2020-21 Grantee

Meet our 2022-23 Grantees

Highlight narratives that honor ancestors, safeguard the present, and reimagine the future, The Redford Center’s latest Grantee cohort proves that every story is a climate story waiting to be told.

Join us in celebrating The Redford Center’s 2022-23 Grantee cohort consisting of twelve film projects selected from a bi-annual open call that yielded 250 applicant projects from over 20 different countries featuring cross-cutting environmental and climate themes of justice, water, land, and food.

Click here to view our full announcement and learn more about the films, filmmakers, and Redford Center grants advisors behind the latest climate justice stories and solutions.

We Believe:

  • A future that prioritizes the health of all people and the planet intersects with every social justice issue. 
  • Storytellers and story subjects most impacted by inequities, extraction, and exploitation must drive climate and environmental narratives.
  • The scale and urgency of the climate crisis calls for a dramatic increase in the number, diversity, and meaningful inclusion of people engaged in environmental action.
  • Where facts alone fall short, a story can move hearts, minds, and societies toward a more equitable and regenerative future.
  • Solutions-forward stories with actionable impact goals have the most potential to mobilize public engagement and activate cultural change, which in turn, drives policy change.
  • Having a connection with nature helps us care for nature.
  • Funding is just one ingredient for bringing a film project to life.