Online video service Vimeo has the answer to Hollywood’s wage gap — at least for a handful of women.

Vimeo announced this week that it would fund at least five projects from female filmmakers this year as part of its “Share the Screen” program, which it says “aims to foster gender equality with a financial commitment to invest in female-led programming, educational workshops and onsite promotions spotlighting female voices.”

“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.”

In addition to funding the films, Vimeo has pledged marketing support and global distribution, and says it will commit to promoting female voices across the site with a new “Share the Screen” spotlight its blog and a continuously updated and celebrated “Female-Directed, Vimeo-Approved” VOD collection.


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