Vimeo’s mission is to empower creators to make, share, and sell amazing videos directly to viewers. We’re constantly asking ourselves what more we can do to help our insanely creative community bring their amazing work to the world.
As such, we’re proud to announce Share the Screen, a new initiative we hope will help close the gender gap that is so pervasive in the entertainment industry. We intend to foster equality by investing in female-led programming, educational workshops, meetups, interviews, and more that spotlight and support female voices in the Vimeo community.
Gender inequality in filmmaking isn’t simply a woman’s problem: it’s everyone’s problem. When diverse voices are given equal consideration and weight, more informed artistic decisions are made, better stories are told — and it’s also the right thing to do as human beings.
Vimeo has been passionate about highlighting and endorsing female filmmakers for a long time in lots of unofficial ways. Aidy Bryant, the hilarious breakout star of SNL, is releasing her short film Darby Forever via Vimeo On Demand (available today for pre-order!), and we’re beyond thrilled to include talented female-led projects such as this one as part of this year’s Vimeo Originals programming.
Or take, for example, our community coordinator Meghan Oretsky, who curates the channel Ladies with Lenses. ‘I felt Ladies With Lenses would be a great opportunity to highlight inspiring films made by women, ones that aren’t necessarily being featured by major media outlets or festivals. LWL is my way of saying ‘˜This is amazing! Please keep going and please continue to share your art with us.”
What happens within Vimeo HQ is as important as supporting the community of creators beyond it, too. We’ve joined forces with Geekettes, a community that’s all about supporting female tech innovators, to host a meetup on data and design. Members of the Vimeo family have also made it a point to get involved: our application engineer Mackenzie Clark, for example, is one of several teammates who’ve participated in Girls Who Code. As Mackenzie puts it, ‘The tech industry has a huge gender gap, but an important part of fixing that is providing relatable female role models. As a mentor, I think it’s important to be honest with them about the challenges women in tech face, but also show them how the industry is improving and will continue to improve as more women — hopefully including them — enter the field.’
Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing Share the Screen updates right here on this very blog. Starting tomorrow, in fact, we’ll be highlighting filmmaker Penny Lane, who’s documentary NUTS! is premiering at Sundance. If you’re interested in getting involved or following the action, add a #ShareTheScreen tag in your social media posts — we’d love to support some of your great female-led shots on Instagram, so use both #ShareTheScreen and #behindthevid so we can find you. Here’s to supporting the amazing work of *all* creators this year.
Cheers to equality, y’all!
Thanks so much for your interest and enthusiasm around Share the Screen. We’re excited to hear from you! While the announcement of this initiative was not intended as an open call for submissions, we have a lot of amazing Share the Screen workshops, meetups, and programming planned for this year that we’d love for you to be a part of.
We will be sharing more about Share the Screen in the coming weeks on our blog. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback and ideas on what you’d like to see from us in the future. Thanks for using Vimeo!