Sundance: Vimeo Launches Program to Empower Female Filmmakers

Darby Forever - H 2015
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Darby Forever - H 2015

The IAC-owned streamer will invest in at least five projects from female filmmakers in 2016.

VImeo is stepping up its support of female filmmakers. 

The online streaming service announced Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival that it has launched the Share the Screen initiative to foster gender equality through a financial commitment to female-led programming, educational workshops and promotions spotlighting female voices. 

Under the initiative, Vimeo has pledged to invest in at least five projects from female filmmakers in 2016. (The IAC-owned streamer invested in just two such projects last year.) The projects funded through Vimeo will receive marketing support and global distribution on Vimeo on Demand.

Vimeo also will work with the Sundance Institute at its Women's Initiative to provide educational seminars throughout the year at Sundance #ArtistServices workshops. 

Vimeo also will highlight female-driven projects on its blog and through a new collection of "Female-Directed, Vimeo-ApprovedVOD titles. Titles in the collection include Crystal Moselle's Wolfpack and Mélanie Laurent's Breathe

"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 Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. "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."
Vimeo is kicking off the Share the Screen initiative with the Feb. 18 premiere of Darby Forever, an original short written by and starring Saturday Night Live castmember Aidy Bryant.