Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award


The goal of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation film school program is to influence the next generation of filmmakers to create more realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers through the visual media. 

An annual award in the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, this production award for $100,000 is given to a feature-length narrative project that portrays intellectually engaging, entertaining images of scientists/engineers, a scientific discovery, or technology.


  • Alumni who graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film & TV between 2011 and May 2019
  • Current thesis students in the Kanbar Graduate Film Program
  • Current juniors and seniors in Kanbar Undergraduate Film & TV

Selection Process

Applicants submit a 1-page synopsis/pitch and an application to the faculty committee that will select up to 12 quarter-finalists. These quarter-finalists then submit three to five page treatments. From these treatments, the committee selects up to six semi-finalists. The finalists have development meetings with committee members and consult with a science advisor.

Finalists (up to three) will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to write a first draft of their feature screenplay while continuing to consult with a science/technology advisor to ensure the accuracy of their project. Finalists submit the first draft of their script and a budget. The film should be able to be made within a budget of $100,000.

Contact Dara Feivelson at for more information.

Spring 2019 Timeline

INFO SESSIONS - APRIL 16 & 17, 2019
Sandwiches and snacks will be served!

Hear from members of the Sloan Awards Committee and get answers to your questions on:

Tuesday, April 16
12:30-1:30 pm
9th floor conference room at 721 Broadway


Wednesday, April 17
12:30 -1:30 pm
9th floor conference room at 721 Broadway

Friday, June 7 - 1-page synopsis/pitch due

Week of July 22 - Announcement of up to twelve Quarter-Finalists

July 22 - September 9 - Quarter-Finalists write 3-5 page treatments

Monday, September 9 - Quarter-Finalists submit treatments

Week of September 30 - Committee announces up to six Semi-Finalists and holds development meetings with Semi-Finalists

October 1 - November 1 - Semi-Finalists consult with science advisors and write revised 5 to 7 page treatment/production plan, and a budget top sheet

Friday, November 1 - Semi-Finalists submit treatments and budgets

Week of December 2 - Up to three Finalists announced; each receive $5,000 to write their scripts

December - February - Finalists write feature script and continue to meet with advisors

March - Finalists submit script and revised budget

April / May - Committee selects winner

Winner must go into production within eighteen months of announcement.
Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Eric Cohen, 2015-16 SLOAN AWARD WINNER

2015-16 Sloan Award Winner

Tisch Graduate Dual MBA/MFA degree film student, Eric Cohen, is the recipient of a $100,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award for 2015-16 for his project, The RADIOACTIVE BOY SCOUT. 


Past Winners

  • Shawn Snyder, Grad Film 2014-15

    To Dust

    Shmuel Rosenblum, a 48 year old Hassidic Rabbi in Upstate New York, distraught by the untimely death of his wife, struggles to find solace in traditional mourning rituals, while secretly nurturing an unexpected obsession with the science of decomposition and a desperate need to understand how his wife's body will decay.

  • Frances Bodomo, Grad Film 2013-14


    On 16 July 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

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  • Ginny Mohler, UGFTV 2012-13


    A mysterious illness propels working class teenage sisters into a radical coming of age.

  • Marni Zelnick, Grad Film 2009-10


    Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds his place in the world tracking wolves in the wild lands of Wyoming.

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  • Musa Syeed, UGFTV 2008-09


    In war-torn Kashmir, a lakeside city is plunged into a military curfew. Stranded together on breathtaking Dal Lake, a working-class boatman and a beautiful young scientist form an unlikely bond. But as violence spills in from the city, their budding romance may not survive.

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