New York is set to become the first city in the country with a major municipal program geared toward helping female filmmakers and theater-makers. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is to announce on Thursday a new five-part initiative to promote equality behind and in front of the camera, in film and television, as well as onstage.
“Whether they were directors or writers or characters onscreen, we’re simply not seeing as many women get to the top of their field as men, and we felt that it was our duty to address that,” said Julie Menin, the commissioner of the office.
As part of the new initiative, the office will create a $5 million fund for female film- and theater-makers, administered over five years, to help them complete projects that are “by, for, or about women,” Ms. Menin said. The initiative will also sponsor sessions for directors to hone their story pitches, as well as connect them with financiers because, Ms. Menin said, research shows that financing is a major hurdle for female filmmakers.
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