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Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship

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SFFilm and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/03/22 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Fellowships of $35,000 to USA, Canada, and International film industry professionals for screenwriting mentorship in scientific and technological subject areas. In addition to a cash grant, fellows will participate in a two-month residency where experienced members of the film industry will guide them in developing screenplays. Requests will be accepted from qualified filmmakers, including screenwriters, directors, and producers. The residency will take place in the Bay Area of California.

The Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of their mission to champion films that explore scientific or technological themes or characters. SFFILM will award fellowships to filmmakers in the screenwriting phase of developing a screenplay that tells a story related to science or technology.

Winners of the Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship will receive a cash grant and a two-month residency at FilmHouse, SFFILM’s suite of production offices for local and visiting independent filmmakers. The residency program provides filmmakers with artistic guidance, office space, a vibrant creative community, and mentorship from established filmmakers and members of the independent film industry. To strengthen the film’s portrayal of science or technology, each fellow will be connected to a science advisor with expertise in the subjects at the center of their screenplays, as well as leaders in the Bay Area’s science and technology communities.

Project Criteria:

  • Project must be feature length.
  • Project cannot be a work for hire.
  • Project must be consistent with SFFILM’s mission and represent an imaginative contribution to the moving image art form
  • There must be realistic scientific or technological content at the center of the screenplay.
  • Writers must have the intention of working with scientific advisors to ensure the accuracy of their stories.

Funds must be used for living expenses and if not from the Bay Area, travel to and from the Bay Area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190637

Number of Grants:

Two fellows are selected annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winners of the Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship will receive a $35,000 cash grant, a two-month residency at FilmHouse, and a science advisor to support the scientific accuracy of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Criteria:
- Applicant may not be an SFFILM or Sloan employee or member of any SFFILM or Sloan boards.
- Applicant must be at least 18 years old
- All grant recipients and co-applicants must become SFFILM members at the Film Fan level or above prior to SFFILM distributing funds to the project.
- Primary applicant must be in a key creative role for the film: screenwriter, director, or producer.

SFFILM Sloan is open to filmmakers based anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.

Grantee Responsibilities:
- Winner must reside in the Bay Area for a minimum of two (non-contiguous) months, for no less than two weeks at a time.
- While fulfilling the two-month Bay Area residency requirement, the filmmaker must agree to live within a 20-mile drive of FilmHouse (644 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133).
- The fellow must agree to spend a minimum of three half days at FilmHouse, and to attend a minimum of two FilmHouse events per month.
- Transportation to and from the residency is the responsibility of the fellow.

Eligible films for both Sloan opportunities must portray scientific or technological themes at their center that directly drive the story arc and/or character development forward. Films with peripheral scientific characters or ideas will not be competitive.

Science-fiction and speculative stories are, in almost every case, ineligible. In some rare cases, a futuristic story might be eligible if it involves science or technology that is truly on the cusp of being introduced to society.

Pre-Application Information:

Final Deadline: Fri, June 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm (PST)

If you are a member of SFFILM, your application fee is waived. If you are not a member of SFFILM, there is an application fee that must be paid in order for your submission to be considered.

Only one application per project will be accepted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://sffilm.grantplatform.com/

For technical support, email grants@sffilm.org.

For questions and more information about the program, contact:
info@sffilm.org
grants@sffilm.org
Phone: 415-561-5000
Fax: 415-440-1760

For more information about membership, contact members@sffilm.org.

SFFILM
455 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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