Grants & Fellowships

How To Apply: Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship

Applications are currently open.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 1 at 12:00 pm PT

If you are not an SFFILM member at the Film Pro level or higher, you will have to pay a $25 administrative fee when submitting your application. If you are a Film Pro member or above, the fee is waived. 

LETTER OF INQUIRY

The LOI is an online application that filmmakers can submit within the time the application is open. If you are not an SFFILM member at the Film Pro level or higher, you will have to pay an administrative fee when submitting your application ($25 if submitting before the early deadline, $45 before the late deadline). If you are a Film Pro member or above, the fee is waived.

To begin the application process, click the "Start Your Application" link to review the required items for submission. Prepare your answers ahead of time in a separate document before submitting in case there are any problems with your submission. Leave time for technical issues.

If you are an SFFILM member at the Film Pro level or higher, your application fee is waived. If you are not an SFFILM member, there is an application fee that must be paid in order for your submission to be considered. To pay the application fee, enter your credit card information at the end of the application before submitting. Please email support@sffilm.org if you have any technical questions.

Here is a sample of a few of the questions you will find in the online application:

  • Bio. (200 words or less) 
  • Logline. In a couple of sentences, please describe the crux of your film. (75 words or less) 
  • Project synopsis. (300 words or less) 
  • Trailer or other work sample. (We will watch no more than 5 minutes of submitted footage) 
  • Brief description of the thematic core and scientific ideas being explored. Please include what science research and consultation you would like to put this particular grant towards; this can include specific scientists or fields of research. 
  • What scientific research have you conducted thus far? 
  • To date, what support have you received for this project? 
  • List all sources such as awards, residencies, grants, donations, investments, and in-kind.
  • List the names and roles and other key (2-3) individuals involved in the project. Please briefly describe their qualifications. 


Additional application materials are required as follows:

  • A one-page writer/director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. 
  • A one to three page treatment. This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story. 
  • Current script sample: Ten pages of the script you are applying with. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. 
  • Previous script sample: Ten pages of a previous screenplay (short or feature). Again, the ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. If you don't have a previous screenplay, you can also submit a visual sample. 
  • Script sample explanation: These should broken up into two individual pages: one that introduces the script pages from the project for which you are applying, and another that introduces the previous work sample you have submitted as well as an explanation of how this has led you to the project you are currently working on.

    REVIEW PANEL

    SFFILM will convene panels to evaluate applications and award fellowships at its sole discretion. The review panel to decide the winners is comprised of panelists that are producers, filmmakers, industry professionals, science advisors, and qualified SFFILM staff amongst others. Winners will be announced in a press release and on the SFFILM website.

    REPORTING REQUIREMENT

    Grant recipients will be required to submit a progress report and a new work sample every six weeks from the beginning through the end of the fellowship.

    MARKETING

    Fellows are asked to help us in our marketing efforts by filling out a questionnaire and providing links to trailers and/or reviews. Unless otherwise specified for confidentiality reasons, the logline submitted for the LOI will be used in our press release.

    For any and all questions, please contact grants@sffilm.org.