The projects were whittled down from a list of 130 submissions and will receive a total of $110,000 in funding. The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund supports narrative projects that tell compelling stories about science and technology or portray scientists, engineers and mathematicians as major characters.
Directors Darren Aronofsky and Steven Shainberg, producer Caroline Baron, producer and writer Ann Druyan, Columbia University Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor of biological sciences Darcy B Kelley, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CEO Harold Varmus were on the selection committee.
The selected projects selected and their funding are: Face Value ($40,000); The Radioactive Boy Scout ($40,000); Alva ($10,000); A Noble Affair ($10,000); and Kitty Hawk ($10,000).
Sloan Foundation programme director Doron Weber said because interest had already coalesced around Face Value and The Radioactive Boy Scout they were were expected to go into production within the next year.
'The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund affords us an opportunity to provide funding at a crucial time in the industry,' co-chairman of the TFI board Jane Rosenthal said. 'These are projects we would like to see brought to fruition and we are happy to be able to support them with funding and our vote of confidence.'