In 2003, the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program and the Sloan Foundation came together to create the Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship, which supports the development of screenplays with science or technology themes. The winners of the Grant and Fellowship are awarded a cash grant to further develop their screenplays, with an additional stipend to hire a science advisor. The 2017 Commissioning Grant was awarded to Jamie Dawson, Howard Gertler, and Likely Story for their project Untitled Smallpox Eradication Project, and the 2017 Fellowship was awarded to Darcy Brislin and Dyana Winkler for their project Bell.
In addition to the Sloan sponsored programs, each year the Foundation also awards the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize to one film at the Sundance Film Festival. The Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and judged based on the film’s focus on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character. The Sloan Feature Film Prize holds a cash award of $20,000 presented to the winning director at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, the prize was awarded to Marjorie Prime, written/directed by Michael Almereyda.
Visit scienceandfilm.org to learn about projects supported by the Sloan Film Program, and see how film can serve as a lens into society's most critical science and technology issues.