How to Participate

The Contest is open to middle school classrooms across the U.S. who are able to access the Apple Clips video editing software in their classrooms, since all story submissions must be created using Apple Clips—a free iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, music and graphics.

Working in small teams of three to no more than four, students will identify and research a story idea based on the Contest theme—re-imagining materials use and production and exploring the path to a circular economy. Teams will present their learning in a short 30-90 second Apple Clips film that will be submitted to The Redford Center by their teacher sponsor no later than 5pm PST on March 9, 2020, in order to qualify for entry into the Contest.

Teachers are responsible for obtaining student releases, parent permissions, and approving and uploading all submissions. To submit projects, teachers will log in to the educator portal at redfordcenter.org/stories and upload their films into the “submit project” area of the site.

The Redford Center asks that each student and teacher who participates in the Contest complete all necessary evaluation forms.
 

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Storytelling Strategy

To prepare educators for this student film Contest, an accompanying Contest curriculum offers exercises for students to practice many of the approaches to storytelling that Robert Redford and James Redford employ and that serve as foundational elements for The Redford Center’s original storytelling work, including:

  • Solutions-focused stories to offer a more hopeful view of the future and to help audiences understand how they can play a role. 
  • Telling stories through characters so that audiences can see themselves in the story and also be educated on how the issue affects them.
  • Prioritizing entertainment and working to make the film fun, funny, surprising, enlightening, beautiful, emotional, musical, hip and more.
  • Clarifying the impact goal of the story before starting a project. 
  • Creating nonpartisan stories, meaning that the story doesn’t align with one political ideology but rather appeals to universal values. 
  • Taking an innovative storytelling approach, including trying out risky ideas and using creative camera angles and other visual storytelling tools and techniques.
  • Showcasing unlikely characters and stories so that all audiences, even those that don’t readily identify as environmentalists, see themselves as part of the story and the solution.

 

Judging Criteria

Storytelling

❏ Does the story have a clear beginning, middle, and end?
❏ Have you considered your audience?
❏ Does the opening of your story grab your audience’s attention?
❏ Does your story include exciting and diverse characters that accurately represent your school or community?

Research

❏ Is your story credible, based on facts that you researched?
❏ Did you get permission, and provide credit in your film for any content you used that was not your own?
❏ Did you seek out unlikely characters and/or unexpected ideas for your film? 

Impact

❏ Does your story contain an action step that inspires you and others to get involved?
❏ Is there a solution featured that people can learn from and get behind?
❏ Did you show something that people are doing to make a difference on your topic?
❏ Is your story hopeful? In other words, does your story convey optimism about the future? 

Creativity

❏ Is your story a new idea, or a new way of thinking about an old idea?
❏ Did you use humor, parody or other artistic convention to convey the message?
❏ Does your film use elements—like narration, music, sounds, stickers, posters, filters, live titles, text, still images, etc.—to create a distinct visual style? 

 

Contest Prizes

Every participating classroom will receive a free educational screening license and curriculum for The Redford Center’s award-winning HBO film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.

One Grand Prize winner and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be selected from each grade level (6th, 7th & 8th) and will receive the following:

Grand Prize

  • $500 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project. 
  • Grand prize-winning team members and teacher, along with one parent chaperone per student, will be awarded hotel accommodations for two nights and round-trip airfare to 4Ocean global headquarters in Boca Raton, FL in spring 2020. The trip includes a meeting with 4Ocean co-founders, a tour of 4Ocean’s headquarters and cleanup operations, a screening of the team’s film for 4Ocean employees and a beach cleanup experience.
  • A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher. 
  • Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

1st Place Prizes

  • $300 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project. 
  • A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
  • Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

2nd Place Prizes

  • $200 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project.
  • A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
  • Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

3rd Place Prizes

  • $100 Donors Choose gift card to fund a classroom project. 
  • A 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials for each team member and teacher.
  • Recognition of the film, team members and teacher on Redford Center social media.

* Each 4ocean bracelet funds the removal of one pound of trash from oceans and coastlines.

 

The Redford Center is grateful to our Prize Partner 4ocean for their support and generosity. Thank you 4ocean!

 

 

Before any person is awarded the Grand Prize, in whole or in part, the person and, if applicable, his or her parent or guardian accompanying the person under the age of majority, must sign an affidavit of eligibility, waiver/limitation of liability, publicity release and provide a tax payer identification number to the extent it is necessary to report any prize award to the federal, state or local tax authorities. The Grand Prize winner and those accompanying the Grand Prize winner are responsible for any fees, taxes or assessments that may be applicable to the Grant Prize award, and any costs incurred on the trip not specifically covered by the Grand Prize award incurred in connection with the trip.