The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been giving production and screenwriting grants to filmmakers since 1997. The Sloan Film Program, led by Doron Weber, Vice President of Programs, supports the creation of realistic and entertaining stories about science and technology, many of which challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers.
The Foundation gives grants to students at six of the nation’s leading film schools: American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York University, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. The Sloan Foundation also gives awards to projects in development through such partners as the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, and Film Independent.
The Sloan Foundation has supported more than 250 film projects, by emerging new voices such as Shane Carruth (Primer) and Ryan Eslinger (Madness and Genius), and by established directors such as Bill Condon (Kinsey) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man).
A growing number of completed student films supported by Sloan Foundation grants can be viewed in their entirety on this website. To access them, click on Short Films or Student Film Awards on the left side of this page. For more information visit the Sloan Foundation’s website.