YouTube’s New Initiative Helps Female Filmmakers Get Their Shot

YouTube is encouraging female filmmakers to create and thrive in the film industry through the newest chapter of their “Spaces” program.

The Women’s Spaces program has selected six female entertainers and artists from all over the world to serve as “creative directors to mentor emerging filmmakers and participate in their projects.” Artists from the US include special effects makeup artist Alexys Fleming and feminist vlogger/actress/filmmaker Anna Akana. Star YouTubers Michelle Phan and Glozell have already made films.

To help these women-centric films flourish, Spaces has collaborated with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the United Nations.

“Entertainment today often depicts a society where there are far fewer female characters than male characters, and the characters that are female are often more stereotyped,” said Davis. “By taking this step to empower and represent more female voices on YouTube, I hope that more young girls and women around the world can be inspired to be part of the creative community.”

The videos can be viewed here, and will cover “everything from original scripted content to women’s issues to tributes to female leaders throughout history.”