Video-sharing site Vimeo has entered a development partnership with film and media incubator Big Empty Wallet’s Kickstart Diversity program.
The program launched last fall and supports underrepresented creators of films, TV pilots, web series and multi-platform projects with pre-production, production, post-production and distribution support.
Under the partnership, Vimeo’s development team will review submisssions and give select projects dedicated funding in exchange for distribution on the company’s streaming service Vimeo On Demand.
The initiative is among several equity-focused initiatives and events Vimeo is hosting during the SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off in Austin this week.
On Friday (March 11), Vimeo is hosting the 90-minute screening Share the Screen Staff Picks Cinema at the Vimeo Theater inside the Austin Convention Center. The program features a mix of scripted, music video and documentary and includes work by docmaker Razan Ghalayini. On Sunday, guests from the Friday screening will attend Vimeo’s Share the Screen Meet-Up in the Convention Center’s Filmmaker Lounge.
Lastly, Vimeo has acquired Marina Rice Bader’s narrative drama Ava’s Impossible Things through its Share The Screen initiative and will premiere the film this summer.
Launched during Sundance earlier this year, the three-part initiative will invest in a minimum of five projects from female directors this year. The filmmakers will also receive marketing support and global distribution on Vimeo on Demand.