“Share the Screen”

Vimeo launches initiative to fund female filmmakers

A still from Darby Forever, a Vimeo original created by SNL's Aidy Bryant. (screen grab)

At the Sundance film festival, Vimeo launched “Share the Screen,” an initiative designed to help bridge the gender gap in filmmaking by funding at least five female filmmakers this year. “It’s extremely unfortunate that the traditional industry has allowed things to be out of balance for so long, in terms of equality of opportunity for men and women, but it’s very exciting that Vimeo can do something to help correct that imbalance,” CEO Kerry Trainor said.

The projects the video-streaming website decides to fund will receive dedicated marketing support and global distribution on Vimeo On Demand. Besides their financial commitment (which will vary from project to project, but will total “in the millions”), the company also intends to offer educational workshops and onsite promotions spotlighting female voices. “One of the best things about our platform is that it’s open to everyone, and we’re proud to say that we have many amazing female filmmakers building their careers on Vimeo,” Trainor said. The gender gap in Hollywood is notoriously large: women directed a mere nine percent of the top-250 grossing films in 2015.

Read the full story at Deadline.

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