Columbia University

To encourage the next generation of filmmakers to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology through enhanced research, mentorship, and award opportunities

  • Amount $351,393
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Trey Ellis
  • Year 2019
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

Funds from this grant provide support to a program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts to incentivize and encourage graduate students to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology. Supported activities include three annual $10,000 awards given to the best student screenplay with a scientific or technological theme; two annual $21,000 production awards to help produce a science-themed film project; an annual information session and scientific panel that introduces students to cutting edge scientific research, and an intensive competitive mentorship program in which students meet regularly under the supervision of a scientific advisor as they jointly develop science-themed scripts or film projects. Grant funds support these and related administrative costs for three years.

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