After the recent reveal of the Oscars committee鈥檚 male makeup (77%) and the buzzing Bechdel test, it has become increasingly obvious that there aren鈥檛 nearly enough women working in film. In 2015, female directors were responsible for a mere 9% of the top 250 top grossing films. Additionally, over the course of the Oscar鈥檚 86-year existence, only four women have been nominated for Best Director 鈥 and only one has won. To help facilitate some much-needed progression, Vimeo is launching 鈥淪hare the Screen,鈥 a new initiative that will invest in a minimum of five projects from female voices in 2016.

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Through 鈥淪hare the Screen鈥 Vimeo plans to lead educational workshops, meetups and interviews for female filmmakers. The projects Vimeo picks will receive a marketing push and global distribution on Vimeo鈥檚 paid streaming service Vimeo On Demand.

In a release about the initiative, Vimeo writes, 鈥淕ender inequality in filmmaking isn鈥檛 simply a woman鈥檚 problem: it鈥檚 everyone鈥檚 problem. When diverse voices are given equal consideration and weight, more informed artistic decisions are made, better stories are told 鈥 and it鈥檚 also the right thing to do as human beings.鈥

The program is set to kick off on February 18 with the original short film Darby Forever, which was written by and stars SNL鈥檚 Aidy Bryant. Much like the female-driven initiative Sephora recently launched, 鈥淪hare the Screen鈥 is not exactly an open call for submissions. However, if you鈥檇 like to get involved, Vimeo suggests adding the tags #ShareTheScreen and #behindthevid in your social media posts and videos so the folks in charge can find you. When you鈥檙e making that acceptance speech, don鈥檛 forget to give us a shout out, okay?

Are you a female filmmaker with a story to share? Send us a note on Twitter @britandco.

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