Sundance Institute | Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project

A documentary film initiative designed to foster and support independent science storytelling.

Led by Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, the Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project is a partnership that offers grants, engagement events and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that communicate science to general audiences in meaningful ways. Emphasis is placed on film and media projects that incorporate creative narrative techniques and highlight diversity in science, especially those that feature characters, topics or disciplines that broaden or redefine what it means to be a scientist or to do science.

Available Grants
Science Sandbox Nonfiction Fellows are chosen from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program’s rolling call for project submissions. Grants are awarded across four stages:

  1. 1) Development ($10,000‐$15,000)
  2. 2) Production ($25,000‐$40,000)
  3. 3) Postproduction ($20,000‐$25,000)
  4. 4) Impact/engagement ($15,000‐$20,000).

Final selections are made by a review committee made up of Sundance Institute leadership, Science Sandbox staff, Simons Foundation scientists and Science Sandbox advisers Werner Herzog and Miranda July.

Fellowship Benefits
All Science Sandbox Nonfiction Fellows receive:

  • ŸŸYear‐round support from Sundance Institute;
  • ŸŸAccess to key collaborators and mentors from the institute’s community of alumni and other accomplished professionals;
  • ŸŸFeedback on works in progress and introductions to industry funders.

How To Apply
Visit the Sundance Institute’s website.

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