Temple Student Wins Distinguished Prize for Pilot

Temple Student Wins Distinguished Prize for Pilot

Jan 12 2022

We're excited to announce that recent Temple University alum Juli Jackson (FMA MFA ’21) has won a 2021 Sloan Student Discovery Prize from the Museum of the Moving Image and Sloan Science & Film for their television series pilot DELTA!


(Check out this article for more info)


Jackson’s script takes place in 1980's rural Arkansas  and surrounds the story of a farm worker with a deep connection to the land who meets an out-of-town biologist in a rural community. In order to change farming practices for the better, they must combat small town prejudice rooted through generations.


The Sloan Award was created to celebrate outstanding scripts that integrate science or technology into realistic, compelling, and timely stories. It is selected by a jury of esteemed film and science professionals and supports film development by advancing the careers of diverse, emerging filmmakers interested in science and technology. It includes a $20,000 prize as well as industry exposure, feedback, and year-round professional mentorship.


Juli points to their hard work and determination that led to the win and is so glad the selection process (which lasted the better part of a year) is over -- and with such a wonderful result! Says Julie, ""I'm grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on the science of agriculture and land management as it is a way of life for so many. The stories in Delta are drawn from my personal experiences growing up in a small farming community in Arkansas as well as family stories that have been passed down. Winning this award feels like a first step to being able to share these stories with a much larger audience."


The Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, first established by the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2011, awards through a nomination process conducted by the six leading university film schools that partner year-round with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Each school nominates one screenplay or scripted series pilot from those that have been recognized for its realistic and compelling depictions of science and technology themes or characters.

Jackson is a Temple University Film and Media Arts Fellow who creates narratives about how art and creativity can save the individual and impact others forever. Recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Independent Film Initiative Grant, Jackson’s first feature film “45RPM,” which blends live action and hand-painted animation, won multiple awards and is distributed by BrinkVision. Jackson is still developing their TV series, Delta, based on their experiences growing up in rural Arkansas as well as finishing a proof of concept short film by the same name. This award will definitely help them move toward that goal! 

The virtual award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. You can RSVP for the event here.

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