Vimeo, in an effort to help close the gender-equality gap in the entertainment industry, announced from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival “Share the Screen,” a three-part initiative to elevate and empower female filmmakers. The program aims to foster gender equality with a financial commitment to invest in female-led programming, educational workshops and onsite promotions spotlighting female voices.
Vimeo will invest in a minimum of five projects from female voices in 2016 — a significant increase from the two original titles funded in 2015. The projects will receive dedicated marketing support and global distribution on Vimeo On Demand. As a supporter of Sundance Institute, Vimeo will also provide educational seminars throughout the year at various Sundance Artist Services workshops, aligning with the Institute’s effort to create broader industry change with its own Women’s Initiative.
“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,” said Kerry Trainor, CEO, Vimeo. “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.”
Lastly, Vimeo will commit to promoting female voices across the site with a new “Share the Screen” spotlight on the Vimeo blog and a continuously updated and celebrated “Female-Directed, Vimeo-Approved” VOD collection available here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/discover/femaledirected