Vimeo is taking aim at what it sees as a gender equality gap in filmmaking with a new initiative to fund at least five feature films by female filmmakers this year.
Last year, Vimeo funded just two titles from female filmmakers.
The “Share the Screen” initiative was announced at the Sundance Film Festival.
Each female-led project tapped by Vimeo will receive marketing support and global distribution on the Vimeo On Demand platform. The company plans to work with the Sundance Institute to provide educational seminars throughout the year at various Sundance workshops to promote female filmmaking. Vimeo wouldn’t disclose how much money they’ll put behind the effort, but Deadline quotes Vimeo executives as saying it will be in the millions and that they may underwrite more than five films.
A recent study sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television found that women made up 19 percent of the filmmakers working on the 250 top grossing films in 2015. While that’s higher than 2014’s 17 percent, it matches the level achieved in 2001 and is the highest employment level for filmmakers since the annual study began in 1998.
Of the jobs held by women in the filmmaking industry in 2015, the survey found that 26 percent were producers, 22 percent were editors, 20 percent were executive producers, 11 percent were readers, 9 percent were directors and only 6 percent were cinematographers.