Details for the 2020-21 Redford Center Stories Challenge

$10,000 in PRIZES AWAIT! 

And Submit Your Film = We Plant a Tree ! 🌲

The Redford Center is offering over $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!  And see our incredible judges below!  Participation is free and open to all…Submissions due by APRIL 2.  Winners announced on Earth Day (April 22)!  Special celebration event on April 30! 

Redford Center Stories Challenge

Special Recognition for Ages 10-14

Submissions close – March 31 APRIL 2 (we know life is crazy right now)

The Redford Center invites you to tell your story, to raise your voice, to help change the conversation about what environmentalism and environmental justice looks like so we can move more people into action. Join Redford Center Stories and enter the RC Stories Challenge now (see prompts, prizes, judges, and more below!).  Redford Center Stories also has a curriculum that’s free and flexible, with media, stories, resources to support students/teachers in many different ways.

Register for RC Stories to Enter

* Note: If you are registered for RC Stories, you can access the RC Challenge (no other registration needed).

Theme and Prompts

Our theme: environmental justice. Youth voices are shining everywhere we look. Young people across the globe are bringing an infusion of energy to the movement for environmental justice, and we invite you to be a part of it. 

With particular equity of access to the outdoors, redefining what it is to be an “environmentalist,” and health and healing for communities and the planet, we invite students to respond to one of the following prompts (click HERE for downloadable prompts sheet, English/Spanish) in a 90-second video:


Meet the 2020-21 Challenge Judges

Dylan Redford

Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Redford Center

Robert Redford

Co-Founder, Redford Center

Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Multi-Media Artist

Lisa Jackson

Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives

Coyote Peterson

YouTube Personality, Host of Animal Planet’s “Brave The Wild"

Katie Eder

Executive Director, Future Coalition

Faith E. Briggs


Elizabeth Lindsey

National Geographic Explorer

Chloe Mei Espinosa & Ella Lin Espinosa

Storytelling Strategies

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 (also see student checklist):

    • 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.


RC Challenge Rules and Guidelines


Sign-up for Redford Center Stories to Participate