Sundance Institute announced recently the creation of the Sloan Commissioning Fund, through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enabling the Institute to further support the development, presentation and celebration of science and technology through independent film. This is the first commissioning project initiated by the Sundance Institute. The fund provides a cash stipend, and creative and practical support to develop science and technology-related screenplays at an early phase of development. The deadline for applications is November 1st. Designed to create greater interest in science/technology among filmmakers in their pre-script phase of development, the Sloan Commissioning Fund will enable the recipient to conduct science/technology-related research; secure rights to underlying material; work with a science advisor at key points in the creative process; receive a commissioning stipend of up to $25,000; develop the project into a working script for submission to the Sundance Institute's Screenwriting Lab. To receive an application, contact Matthew Greenfield, Associate Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute at (include "Sloan" in the subject line). [Brian Brooks]