Apple and the Redford Center have announced the launch of the second annual Redford Center Stories Challenge, a youth filmmaking challenge that aims to amplify the voices of educators and students as change makers in the environmental justice movement, according to Variety.
Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center “uses impact-driven film and media to galvanize the movement toward environmental justice, protection and repair.” The Center is offering over US$10,000 in incentives and prizes to celebrate challenge winners (educators and students), including opportunities to create a film with a professional filmmaker, student-directed donations, tree-planting, Apple gift cards, and more. Teachers and nonprofits who get 10 or more students to submit will receive special recognition and awards. Participation is free and open to all. Submissions are due by March 31, 2021, and Challenge Winners announced on Earth Day 2021 (April 22)!
The 2021 Redford Center Stories Challenge will promote social and environmental justice themes to empower middle-school-aged youth and create a learning community of transformational storytelling. Variety says that by placing students in the director’s chair, they will be able to provide their insights into a final Apple Clips filmmaking challenge. Additionally, Apple will provide a platform to educators and students to share their ideas and inspirations in mini-challenges that develop student confidence and storytelling capacities throughout the school year.