The Tribeca Film Institutewill host a summit aiming to bring together the film and scientific communitiesfrom Oct 5-8 in New York City.

The Summit is designed toassemble emerging screenwriters and directors from leading film schools andorganisations across the US who have been supported by grants from the Alfred PSloan Foundation.

The programme, conceived byprogramme director Doron Weber to encourage more realistic and entertainingstories about science and challenge stereotypes about the scientific community,will be announced at a later date and will include screenings, readings,panels, and networking events.

"We are very excited thatthis pioneering programme, which includes science prizes to establisheddirectors such as Bill Condon (Kinsey), Michael Apted (Enigma)and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man),has also helped launch the careers of emerging filmmakers such as Shane Carruth(Primer) and Ryan Eslinger (MadnessAnd Genius)," Weber said.

"The bottom line isthat science and technology continue to offer unprecedented opportunities forscreenwriters and filmmakers, and now, as we meet in New York to celebrate thisflourishing programme, we also celebrate a new wave of film artists who dare tofind the human story at the heart of this enterprise."

Student award-winners fromthe AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, New York University, UCLA, andthe University of Southern California will attend the summit.

The programme will alsofeature the work of filmmakers who have participated in Sloan-supportedprograms at various festivals, as well as administrators, playwrights, andactors from Sloan-supported programmes across the US.