Vimeo Announces Initiative to Fund Female Filmmakers

Originally published on Indiewire. Click here to view.

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It’s not a shock to learn that the odds are stacked against female filmmakers in Hollywood.

In response, Vimeo is launching its new initiative, Share the Screen, which aims to help female filmmakers succeed by funding their projects, teaching them secrets of the trade and promoting their films. The initiative was released on January 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. Vimeo has already announced to back at least five projects from women filmmakers in 2016.

“From its beginning, Vimeo has always stood for the democratization of filmmaking, and of sharing videos, and of gaining access to audiences,” said Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. “When we see all of the information from the past couple years about just how wide the gender equality gap is in the entertainment industry, lending our support to identifying and celebrating female voices made all the sense in the world.”

Share the Screen launches with “Darby Forever,” a short-from comedy series from “SNL” cast member Aidy Bryant on February 18.

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