Sundance Institute today announced the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship, presented through The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.
These activities, as well as a panel at the Festival, are part of The Sundance Institute Science-in-Film Initiative, which is made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Alfred P. Sloan Science in Film initiative, which supports the development and exhibition of new independent film projects that explore science and technology themes or that depict scientists, engineers and mathematicians in engaging and innovative ways. The initiative includes The Sundance Institute / Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant, and a recipient for 2013 will be announced soon.
"We are delighted to recognize Andrew Bujalski's quirky, original film, Computer Chess as this year's winner and to add it to our impressive ten year list of Sloan Sundance winners," said Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Coupled with Nicole Kassel's Screenwriting Lab fellowship for a script based on Barbara Kingsolver's 'Prodigal Summer' and a Commissioning Grant for another exciting science screenplay that we will announce shortly, it is clear that the 10-year partnership between Sloan and Sundance continues to set a new standard for science and technology films."
Said Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute, "The Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize recognizes projects grounded in the exploration of math, science and technology. Advances in these fields are constantly altering our world, and we are proud to be able to provide an outlet for artists developing scripts pursuing these critical themes."