The Tribeca Film Institute has revealed the recipient of the
2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting. “Survival
of the Fittest” by Laura Alsum, a UCLA film student, was selected as winner from
the science-themed scripts submitted by six leading film schools participating in Sloan’s
National Film Program.
Alsum, a Denver native, will receive a $30,000 cash prize.
The award then includes an additional $20,000 administered by TFI towards year-round
support, including mentorship and guidance from scientific and film industry
professionals, networking opportunities and industry exposure over the course
of the year.
Alsum will also get to attend this year’s Tribeca Film Festival,
running April 16-27.
Here’s the screenplay’s official synopsis:
In Survival of the Fittest, a feature screenplay,
twelve-year-old Charlie just wants to play baseball and be a star athlete, but
when he is sidelined due to his progressive neuromuscular disease, he must
prove to his school that he still belongs by winning the last competition of
the year – the science fair.