IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch

IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch

Join IF/Then and The Redford Center in person for a live pitch on Tuesday, November 16 at DOC NYC Festival!

Congratulations to the six films that have been selected as finalists in the inaugural IF/Then Shorts x The Redford Center Nature Access Pitch!

Providing a deep look into the historical and ancestral connections to land, water, and nature held by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, immigrant, and undocumented communities, these films also highlight the difficult yet resilient ways such communities navigate the residual impacts of forced displacement, generational trauma, and inequity and injustice.

By showcasing these untold histories and circumstances, each film takes viewers through a unique journey towards one destination: equitable access to nature and healing.

The six selected filmmaking teams are heading to DOC NYC Festival—the nation's largest documentary film festival—to present their short documentary works-in-progress for a chance at a combined $35,000 in production grants, along with mentorship and distribution strategy support. Join us for this free event on Tuesday, November 16, at the IFC Center from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST. RSVPs are required to attend this event. RSVP here. 

Learn more about the films in our Medium post and Outside Business Journal.


Supporting diverse filmmakers and stories of people, places, and paths to accessing the outdoors 

Today, most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. As disconnection from nature takes a mental, physical, spiritual and social toll, there is an urgent need to mitigate the many ways that a largely indoor existence is reshaping our lives for the worse, and to address the conditions and inequities that led us to where we are today. 

Marking the first partnership between IF/Then Shorts and The Redford Center, this pitch celebrates storytellers and stories that spotlight the social, emotional, physical, mental, and community health benefits of time spent outdoors. We invite projects highlighting the complex social, racial, economic, and health inequities related to issues of nature access. 

“At a time when access to the outdoors is perhaps more important, more necessary than ever, there is an immediate need to share stories of hope and action that break down barriers preventing people from accessing nature,” Redford Center Executive Director, Jill Tidman shared. “In all our work, The Redford Center aims to expand the environmental movement and help reimagine environmentalism for all. Our collaboration with IF/Then celebrates storytellers who illuminate the beauty and complexity of peoples’ relationships with nature and the many ways we prosper from being outdoors.”

With this project, we aim to increase representation of communities impacted most by environmental injustice, who are not often recognized in mainstream environmental movements. Storytellers with short documentary projects featuring nearby nature or wild nature across all geographic and social contexts are encouraged to participate.

Applications closed on August 23, 2021. For more information, please visit fieldofvision.org/redford2021.