10:00am PT by Patrick Shanley
Ubisoft Motion Pictures to Offer Fellowship for Female Filmmakers (Exclusive)
French gaming giant Ubisoft is launching a unique fellowship program designed to highlight female voices in the film industry.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television studio of Ubisoft, on Wednesday announced the inaugural program, which will select two aspiring screenwriters and provide six months of consultation as well as providing the opportunity to mine the gaming studio's extensive library of titles for potential development into feature films and provide non-writing input on current film projects.
The program will offer the future filmmakers one-on-one mentorship, led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures vp and head of development Matt Phelps and creative executive Margaret Boykin.
“We are dedicated to telling fresh and unique stories while staying true to the DNA of our brands and delivering high-quality entertainment,” Boykin said in a statement.
Gerard Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, also stressed the importance of supporting female voices in film and gaming. “Adding strong female voices to our development process will allow us to create more diverse and accessible representations of our worlds,” he said.
The announcement comes as industry-wide conversations are taking place about female representation in the film industry and is hot on the heels of Warner Bros'. Wonder Woman, which scored helmer Patty Jenkins the opening-weekend box-office record for a female director.
“We want to open up more opportunities for women in the action genre,” said Phelps. “This focused fellowship is designed to promote inclusion and provide a fresh take on our material.”
The studio has a slate of films currently in development based on their games, including Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's The Division, Watch_Dogs and the family-friendly Rabbids.