The San Francisco Film Society has announced that they will are the recipient of a two-year grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, making the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) the Foundation’s third festival partner following Sundance and Tribeca.
Under a new Science in Cinema Initiative, The SFIFF will use the grant to create a variety of programs that cultivate the production of films that include characters or plots concerned with science and technology.
The Science in Cinema initiative will include three core programs. The Science in Cinema Prize will be presented each year to a narrative film that either emphasizes the role of science in our daily lives, or challenges stereotypes regarding scientists, engineers and mathematicians. The Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship will help a filmmaker develop an in-progress work that is focused on science and technology. The recipient will receive a $35,000 cash grant as well as a two-month residency at FilmHouse, the Film Society’s production studio. The final part of the initiative will be Science in Cinema at SFIFF, a spotlight at the SFIFF showcasing two narrative works of fiction that focus on scientific themes.
All three sections of the Science in Cinema Initiative will begin later this year. For more information, visit the San Francisco Film Society’s official website.