American Film Institute

To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

  • Amount $375,000
  • City Los Angeles, CA
  • Investigator Tom Engfer
  • Year 2021
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

This grant provides three years of continued support to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) efforts to encourage young screenwriters and filmmakers to write and produce compelling narrative films that explore scientific themes or have scientists, engineers, or mathematicians as major characters. AFI’s Sloan Foundation-supported activities include four annual prizes: a $25,000 production award; a $20,000 annual screenwriting award; a $25,000 development award; and a $45,000 tuition award. In addition, AFI holds a seminar series where established actors, writers, directors, and producers talk to students about science and Hollywood, and provides access to working scientists to serve as mentors on student scripts.

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