The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics. Sloan’s Film Program encourages ﬁlmmakers to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.
Over the past two decades, Sloan has partnered with some of the top ﬁlm schools in the country–including AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA and USC plus six new film schools this year –and established annual awards in screenwriting and ﬁlm production, along with an annual best-of-the-best Student Grand Jury Prize administered by the Tribeca Film Institute.
The Foundation also supports screenplay development programs with the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, SFFILM, the Black List, the Athena Film Festival, the North Fork TV Festival, and Film Independent’s Producing Lab and Fast Track program and has helped develop over 25 feature films such as Jessica Oreck’s One Man Dies a Million Times, Michael Tyburski’s The Sound of Silence, Shawn Snyder’s To Dust, Ben Lewin’s The Catcher Was a Spy, Melissa Finell’s Sensitivity Training, Logan Kibens and Sharon Greene’s Operator, Mathew Brown‘s The Man Who Knew Inﬁnity, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Marni Zelnick’s Druid Peak, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess. The Foundation’s book program includes support for Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, adapted into an Oscar-nominated box office hit in 2017.
To be considered for the Alfred P. Sloan Distribution Grant, qualifying filmmakers must submit and online application on the Film Independent website during the application period.
The online application includes:
Cover letter explaining your interest in the grant.
Project status and history.
A proposal for the distribution and marketing strategy based on current status of the film; including any sales, offers or ongoing negotiations.
Bios of key cast and crew, including sales agent and publicist if applicable.
A link to view the film online.
Logline and synopsis.
Non-refundable application fee ($45 for Film Independent Members, $65 for non-Members)
Film Independent staff will oversee the distribution of funds to the winning filmmaker and will monitor the way(s) in which those funds are used.