The Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on Friday announced the recipients of their 2021 grants and awarded the annual Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award to Sons of monarchs, Alexis Gambis’ feature film making its international debut in the NEXT section of the Sundance Film Festival.
This year’s winners also include Pharmacopoeia‘s Tania Taiwo (Sundance Institute | Sloan Commissioning Grant), Tankby Alyssa Loh (Sundance Institute | Sloan Development Fellowship), and Jennifer Lee and Graham Sack for Harvard computers (Sundance Institute | Sloan Episodic Fellowship).
Sons of monarchs will receive a check for $ 20,000 for the honor, as part of the annual Sloan program to encourage filmmakers to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.
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Grants this year total $ 70,000 through the Sundance Institute’s Science-in-Film initiative, made possible by a grant from the foundation.
“The world has only been preoccupied with science for the past year, and it’s clearer than ever that this has crucial implications for our culture,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. “The Sloan Foundation has always recognized that artfully told stories about science, technology and human engagement have the power to advance our understanding and our imaginations.”
Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) was chosen to receive this year’s Merata Mita Fellowship, named in honor of Maori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The news was released Friday by N. Bird Runningwater, director of the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous program and diversity, equity and inclusion work, during the festival’s Indigenous Forum celebration.
Nango, selected from a global pool of applicants, wrote, directed and produced the short film Hilbes biigá, which has been screened at nearly 30 film festivals, and his latest film Languages. She and co-writer Ingir Bål are now developing the feature film I love my reindeer.
Along with the scholarship, she will receive cash grants, year-round support and mentorship opportunities with access to the strategic and creative services offered by the Institute’s artist programs.