Grant Guidelines

Two types of grants are offered at UCLA’s Department of Film, Television and Digital Media: Screenwriting and Production.

Screenwriting

Each year, two Screenwriting Fellowships are available to students in the MFA Screenwriting program at the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Both awards of $10,000 are offered to students for feature screenplays that tell realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology. Eligible screenplays must be written in one of the Department’s Film TV 434 Screenwriting courses.

To compete for a Sloan Fellowship award, students must attend an all-day Science Colloquium in October. Each student then submits a one-page proposal for a screenplay that addresses a scientific topic. In November, fifteen finalists are chosen. The foundation matches each finalist with a mentor who works in a scientific field related to the subject matter of the finalist’s screenplay. Finalists consult with the mentors while completing their scripts.

In March, finalists submit rough drafts to their mentors, who review them for scientific accuracy. In June, finalists submit their final drafts to mentors and department faculty for sign-offs and judging. The scripts then go through a tiered judging process with the final awards announcement in Fall.

Production

Each year, one Production Fellowship is available to students in the MFA Production/Directing program at the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media. The award of $30,000 is offered towards the completion of a short film that tells a realistic and dramatic story about science and technology.

To compete for the Sloan Fellowship award, students must attend an all-day Science Colloquium in October. Each student then submits a one-page proposal for a short film that addresses a scientific topic. In November, fifteen finalists are chosen. The foundation matches each finalist with a mentor who works in a scientific field related to the subject matter of the finalist’s screenplay. Finalists consult with the mentors while completing their scripts.

In March, finalists submit rough drafts to their mentors, who review them for scientific accuracy. In June, each finalist submits a final draft of the script, along with a shooting budget, to mentors and department faculty for sign-offs and judging. These submissions then go through a tiered judging process with the final awards announcement in Fall.

The Directing Fellowship must be used to make a thesis film. The award is disbursed in four installments at progressive stages in the filmmaking process.

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