TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

The application for the TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund can be accessed and completed via a link distributed to Alumni via email. To request a link to apply please email .

When is the submission deadline? Is there an entry fee?

Submissions will open again in Summer/Fall 2020. There is no entry fee. Submissions Now Closed. 

How many projects will be selected?

The amount of projects granted will vary based on the number of applicants and the quality of their applications.

Are student films eligible?


Are students eligible to apply?


What if I am turning my grad thesis into a feature or series?

Yes, that is eligible

When will I be notified about my application status?

All applicants will be notified if they will receive a grant no later than November 1st, 2019.

Am I eligible?

The TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund is open to all previous grantees of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund and projects supported by the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize. The TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund provides grants and professional guidance in support of innovative and compelling scripted features or full-length pilot that offer a fresh take on scientific, mathematic and technological themes.

Is my project eligible?

For the discretionary fund we support:

  • Scripted features, short films or series of all genres
  • Projects that involve accurate and compelling science, technology or math or feature characters of those worlds. · US and International projects
  • Projects in all stages of production: from early development onward.
  • Filmmakers of all levels of experience
  • Projects have have been supported through Sloan, as well as projects that have not yet received Sloan support.

We are unable to support:

  • Documentaries, student projects or science-fiction/fantasy films.
  • Films based upon inaccurate or implausible science.

Why do I need a Scientific Statement?

The scientific statement gives context to your project within the guidelines of all Sloan programs. This is where you can speak to the scientific content of your film, its accuracy, and to the work you’ve done to date or plan to do as your project progresses towards completion. Please include ideas for scientific mentors you believe would be a long-term asset to your project

Is footage required to apply?

If your project is film-based and you are the director, yes. If you are applying for travel funds, event funds, or with other non-film-based projects, footage is not required but highly encouraged.

All footage should be available via a link uploaded to the application and the film should be available through the entire application process.  

Do I need a full script or is a treatment sufficient?

You can apply with a script, treatment, or with a proposal for any other non-film-based project. Submitting either a script or treatment is required.

What is an Artistic Statement?

The Artistic Statement is your opportunity to discuss your creative vision for your project. This is where you can speak of the tone and style of the project, and to the reasoning behind your creative choices with regards to subject matter, medium, setting, etc. It’s also the place to touch upon your motivation for telling this story and for how you’ve decided to tell it.

Does the TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund own the rights to my project if it is selected for the program?

No. We do request that, once your project moves into production, you include the Tribeca Film Institute logo in the closing credits along with the words: “Supported by the TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund."

If my project is selected for the Supported by the TFI Sloan Discretionary Fund, does that mean will it screen at the Tribeca Film Festival?


Will I be able to attend the Tribeca Film Festival as an accredited filmmaker?

As an alumni, you are eligible for a Chambers badge (D level) for a $50 processing fee. You will need to contact the Artist Programs department six weeks out from the festival.

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?

Yes - we recommend that you use discretion and apply with the project that has the most momentum at deadline.

Are there any stipulations on how I spend the grant if selected?

Yes. You are expected to spend the grant money as proposed in your application. We require either a copy of the finished project, a draft update, or a report within the grant year detailing your use of funds.

Where can I find additional answers to questions?

For questions related to documentary support, please contact: For questions related to narrative support, contact: You can also reach our office at 212.274.8080