Barnett Brettler‘s Waking Hours is set in a dystopian world where people are losing the ability to sleep and follows a British border agent as he leaves the safety of his country to search for the woman he loves. The Tribeca Film Institute today announced he is the recipient of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, a $50,000 grant that recognizes exceptional feature screenplays that dramatize science and technology themes and/or that portray scientists, engineers, or mathematicians in prominent character roles. Brettler, from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and Long Island, NY, will receive a $30,000 cash prize. The award includes year-round support from TFI, including mentorship and guidance from scientific and film industry professionals, networking opportunities, and industry exposure, as well as an additional $20,000 allocated to support the project over the course of the year. He also will attend this month’s Tribeca Film Festival and participate in the TFI Filmmaker Industry Meetings where filmmakers network with industry leaders to help advance their projects.
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