Since 2015, SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have partnered to support the development of feature films that integrate science or technology themes or characters, and to spotlight completed features annually at SFFILM. The SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship is now open for submissions of narrative feature films rooted in science and/or technology in the screenplay stage. Winners of the Fellowship receive a $35,000 cash grant and a two-month residency at SFFILM’s FilmHouse with mentorship opportunities.
New in 2019, SFFILM has announced the launch of a new initiative: Stories of Science Sourcebook + Development Fund. This is a collection of stories about science and technology paired with a fund to support filmmakers telling these stories. The sourcebook includes ten articles from outlets including Wired and The New Yorker that are available for option. It also includes ten scientific and technological discoveries made in 2018 such as a new spinal cord therapy and a breakthrough in ancient DNA analysis. The fund supports an applicant who draws from one of these sources to draft a feature-length narrative film. The winner receives a $10,000 cash grant and the chance to participate in a filmmaker retreat with scientists and industry professionals who can provide guidance.
The deadline to apply to both of these programs is July 15.