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Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship Program Offers Support for Science and Technology Film Projects

Deadline: September 9, 2011

To support the development of screenplays with science or technology themes, the Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation annually provide opportunities for both emerging and established filmmakers through a commissioning grant and fellowship.

The program is designed to further the development of film projects focused on stories grounded in current (or past) science and technology. The program does not support science fiction projects. (Stories taking place in the future or involving science that is clearly not yet achievable would be considered science fiction.)

The Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant is an annual cash award for a science- or technology-related narrative project that is at an early stage, such as full treatment or early screenplay draft. The grant includes the following: a cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period; a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor; creative support during the writing process from a select group of creative advisors; the possibility of a fellowship to a Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and strategic and practical support from the Sundance Feature Film Program staff.

The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging screenwriter to support the ongoing development of a narrative, feature-length screenplay with science or technology themes. The fellowship includes the following: attendance at a Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, or the Sundance Film Festival as a fellow; a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor; and creative and strategic support from the Sundance Feature Film Program staff.

The commissioning grant focuses on projects in earlier stages of development- from full treatment form to early screenplay drafts. Scripts in a later stage of development will be considered for the screenwriters lab fellowship. There is no separate submission required; all projects submitted through the application process are evaluated for either the grant or fellowship.

For complete program guidelines, the application form, and an FAQ, visit the Sundance Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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