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Tribeca Film Institute Awards 2015 Student Grand Jury Prize in Screenwriting

Tribeca Film Institute Awards 2015 Student Grand Jury Prize in Screenwriting

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Savannah Reich, currently an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, is the recipient of The Tribeca Film Institute’s prestigious 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize. Reich took home this year’s best-of-the-best award for her film, “Deep Sea Divers of 1929,” a historical drama about Otis Barton, a wealthy socialite with something to prove (and prove it he did — the film follows him through the creation of the deep sea-diving Bathysphere).

The award is designed to provide support and encouragement for student screenwriters who choose to pen compelling narrative features about science and technology — much in the vein of this year’s Academy Award-nominated/winning “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game.” The extremely competitive award includes professional development from TFI and a hefty $30,000 grant.

Since 1997, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in direct grants to student filmmakers throughout the country and has supported more than 500 film projects of original work that engages with science and technology-related characters and themes.

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