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Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship

Established in 2005 to support the development of screenplays with science or technology themes, Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provides two different opportunities for screenwriters through a Commissioning Grant or a Fellowship. Both provide a cash award to support further development of a screenplay and to retain science advisors, along with overall creative and strategic feedback throughout development. Only one of each is awarded each year.

We are looking for a diversity of stories that not only highlight science (which can include math, technology, and medical research) as a central component, but also go beyond that thematically to engage us with strong characters and resonant themes. While biopics and historical films are welcome, we also encourage you to think outside the traditional mold of what a science film is, and to think in terms of using the science/technology as a backdrop to stories about individuals, how it influences their lives, relationships, and unique perspectives.

Read about previous winners and learn about Sundance's involvement with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Eligibility

  • Project must be a feature length film narrative (no documentaries).
  • Screenwriter(s) can be at any stage of their career, with no prior produced work or many produced works. However, only emerging screenwriters (those with less than two produced screenplays) will be considered for the Fellowship.
  • Project must be live action.
  • Project must be English language, although the screenwriter does not need to reside in the US.
  • Status of project may range from detailed treatment to full screenplay form. However, only full screenplays will be considered for the Fellowship.
  • If based on other material, the screenwriter (or submitting party) must have an option or ownership of the source material.

The Commissioning Grant recipient will receive 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 and research
  • Creative support during the writing process from a Creative Advisor
  • The possibility of a Fellowship to a Lab
  • Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff

The Fellowship recipient will receive the following:

  • Attendance as a Fellow at a Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, or Sundance Film Festival
  • A stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor
  • A cash grant of up to $10,000 to provide support during the development of the project
  • Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff

FAQ

If you have additional questions about the Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship, click here for our FAQ

If you have further questions, please e-mail us at sloangrants@sundance.org.

How to Apply

Applications for the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship are currently closed. The 2015 Commissioning Grant & Fellowship online application will be available beginning June 9, 2014.

If you are interested in knowing what will be required to apply, click here to learn how to apply.

Applications for the 2015 Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship are now open.  The deadline to submit is 6pm PST on September 10, 2014.

Proceed to Online Application

Applications for the 2015 Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship are currently closed. The 2016 Commissioning Grant & Fellowship online application will be available beginning June 8, 2015

If you have further questions, please e-mail us at sloangrants@sundance.org.