The Athena Film Festival Partners with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation To Support Stories About Women and STEM
The Athena Film Festival is proud to partner with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to bolster the pipeline of women filmmakers working on women in science-themed projects. Through grants, Lab fellowships, and panel discussions this partnership illustrates the importance of women working in STEM, and women filmmakers working on STEM projects. Over the next three years, the Athena Film Festival and the Sloan Foundation will work together on the following:
The Alfred P. Sloan STEM Showcase will include a screening of one documentary or narrative film that tells a story about women and science. In addition to the screening, there will be a post-screening panel, masterclass or workshop about women and STEM topics.
We will screen a Works-in-Progress documentary that is specifically focused on a science-themed topic. Through this partnership, we will bring more science-themed documentaries to life and connect these filmmakers with the critical feedback, support, and network they need to advance their projects.
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowships for Screenwriting Labs New York & LA
Athena is extending one Fellowship to a member of the Athena Screenwriting Lab in New York who is working on a script about women in STEM. The Sloan Fellowship will cover the cost of travel and accommodation.
Alfred P. Sloan Athena List Development Grant
The Sloan Foundation will fund a $20,000 development grant to one Athena List winner or finalist that is working on a woman in a science-themed project. To widen exposure for these award-winning scripts, Athena will sponsor a reading of the winning script either at the festival or at one of the labs.
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About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, is a non-profit philanthropy that makes grants for original research and education in science, technology, and economic performance. Sloan’s program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience and to bridge the two cultures of science and the humanities. 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 – 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, the San Francisco Film Society, the Black List, and Film Independent’s Producing Lab and Fast Track program and has helped develop such film projects as Shawn Snyder’s To Dust, Ginny Mohler and Lydia Pilcher’s Radium Girls, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Matthew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter. The Foundation has also supported theatrical documentaries such as the recently released Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Particle Fever, and Jacques Perrin’s Oceans.