Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Film Festivals and Screenplay Development
The Foundation's Film Festivals and Screenplay Development program is comprised of three film festival partners--Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Hamptons International Film Festival--along with Film Independent. The festivals offer feature film prizes, screenplay readings, panels, and receptions, and work to highlight outstanding feature films that dramatize science effectively. Increasingly they are focused on developing feature-length screenplays that can be produced and released theatrically. The festival partners act as a development pipeline or “farm system” so that one project may receive support from several partners at different stages of development.
- Hamptons International Film Festival: Feature Film Prize, Screenwriting Award, Discretionary Fund
- Tribeca Film Institute: Development Awards, Student Grand Jury Prize
- Sundance Film Festival: Feature Film Prize, Commissioning Award, Fellowship Award
- Film Independent: Fast Track, Producer's Grants
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