Sundance Institute / Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant

Funding Agency:
Sundance Institute

Celebrating more than a decade at Sundance Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science-in-Film initiative supports emerging filmmakers whose work heightens public awareness of science in our culture. Through grants, Lab Fellowships, panel discussions, and the annual Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Initiative illustrates the vital and unique role of scientists and their work in our society and highlights the special possibilities of communicating the complexities and rewards of science through independent film.

Deadline: Sept. 7, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Project must incorporate real science and/or technology themes and/or characters. Stories that are sci-fi, speculative, or futuristic in nature are noteligible. Project must be a feature length narrative film (no documentaries). Project must be live action (no animation). Project must be English language, and the screenwriter must reside in the US. For the Commissioning Grant, screenwriters can be at any stage of their career, with no prior produced work or many produced works. The submitted project may range from detailed treatment to full screenplay form. For the Fellowship, screenwriters must have no more than one produced feature screenplay and only full screenplays will be considered. For either, if the treatment/screenplay is based on source material, the screenwriter must have an option on, or be in the process of optioning, the source material.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 7, 2017