Sloan Foundation Programs

Alfred-P-Sloan-150The Hamptons International Film Festival was the first film festival to partner with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on a number of initiatives, including support for films and screenplays that feature a realistic and compelling portrayal of science and technology. 


The Hamptons/Sloan Feature Film Prize, an annual cash prize for a film that features a realistic and compelling portrayal of science and technology, was awarded out of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program in public understanding of science. This award was part of a broader effort to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater in creating more credible works about science and technology.

Over the course of our formidable partnership, we honored a long list of impressive films.

2014: The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum
2013: Decoding Annie Parker, directed by Steven Bernstein
2012: Future Weather, directed by Jenny Deller
2011: Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, directed by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson
2010: Beneath Hill 60, directed by Jeremy Sim
2009: Agora, directed by Alejandro Amenábar
2008: Flash of Genius, directed by Marc Abraham
2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, directed by Julian Schnabel
2006: The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky
2005: Kardia, directed by Su Rynard
2004: Madness and Genius, directed by Ryan Eslinger
2003: Kinsey, directed by Bill Condon
2002: Teknolust, directed by Lynn Hershman
2001: Enigma, directed by Michael Apted
2000: Songcatcher, directed by Maggie Greenwald


For several years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation also partnered with the Hamptons International Film Festival in the Screenwriters’ Lab, an intimate gathering each spring in East Hampton, New York. The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts).

Through 2015, in collaboration with the Sloan Foundation‘s initiative in furthering the public understanding of science, HIFF encouraged writers to submit screenplays that explored science, technology, mathematics, invention, and engineering in fresh and innovative ways. Selected writers who explored these issues were invited back to the Festival in October to have scenes from their scripts performed in a staged reading featuring accomplished actors.

Previous Screenwriters’ Lab mentors include Alexander Dinelaris, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Nicole Perlman, co-writer of 2014’s Academy Award-nominated hit Guardians of the Galaxy; Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Academy Award nominee), Michael Cunningham (The HoursEvening); Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); Mark Heyman (Black Swan); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half NelsonSugar);  Whit Stillman (MetropolitanThe Last Days of Disco); Ira Sachs (40 Shades of BlueLove is Strange); Hawk Ostby (Children Of MenIron Man), Jeff Sharp, producer (You Can Count on MeEvening); Billy Frolick (Madagascar); Andy Bienen (Boys Don’t Cry); Lisa Muskat (George WashingtonPrince Avalanche); Sophia Lin, producer (Take ShelterCompliance); Lawrence Lasker (SneakersWar Games); and Dylan Kidd (Roger DodgerP.S.).


At the annual HIFF Screenwriters’ Lab in April, several participating scripts were selected that explore science and technology in fresh and innovative ways. Through HIFF 2015, the screenplays are then read at the annual Sloan Screenplay Readings during the Festival in October. Guest actors attend the Festival to participate in the reading, with a notable filmmaker directing.