Verizon reveals a multi-million dollar fund for women filmmakers.
According to Variety, Verizon has allocated $5 million in production budgets for female-led projects.
The Future Fund will support aspiring female directors and focus on emerging content creators. The mission is to create content that celebrates women as part of Verizon’s goal of “ensuring that we have women represented in creative projects,” according to chief marketing officer Diego Scotti.
The first initiative is the documentary film “Not Done,” which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The movie was executive produced by Dyllan McGee, a documentary filmmaker who is the founder and executive producer of Makers, Verizon Media’s brand dedicated to accelerating the women’s movement. “Not Done” is the directorial debut for emerging filmmaker Sara Wolitzky and has an all-female and non-binary production crew.
The 60-minute “Not Done” is set to air on PBS on June 30 and will be distributed on Verizon Media’s content networks as well. The film and the $5 million funds are announced at Verizon’s 2020 Makers Conference in Los Angeles.