American Museum of the Moving Image

To support two years of the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for the annual selection and development of the best-of-the-best screenplay from Sloan’s six film school partners and the Sloan Discovery Award selected from six non-Sloan film school screenplays

  • Amount $279,854
  • City Astoria, NY
  • Investigator Sonia Epstein
  • Year 2023
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

This grant provides ongoing support to the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) to oversee the administration of the Sloan Grand Jury Prize and Sloan Student Discovery Award, two annual awards celebrating outstanding feature film screenplays that integrate scientific or technological themes or characters. The Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize selects an outstanding screenplay from the Foundation’s six film school partners (American Film Institute; UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama; Columbia University School of the Arts; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; and USC School of Cinematic Arts), while the Sloan Student Discovery Award selects the best screenplay from another six film schools at top public universities (Brooklyn College Feirstein School of Cinema; SUNY Purchase School of Film and Media Studies; Florida State University; University of Texas Austin; Temple University; and the University of Michigan). Both prizes support the careers of diverse, emerging filmmakers interested in science and technology as they transition out of graduate school and into the film industry. In addition to a $20,000 cash prize, the winners will each receive industry exposure, feedback, and year-round science and film industry mentorship. Grant funds will allow MoMI to continue hosting the awards for two more years.

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