B~STEM Hall of Fame Films Competition!

Tracie Dean Ponder

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In a study of 2014's top 250 grossing films in the United States, women comprised only 17% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. When looking at the overall representation, women are underrepresented in film industry roles by a factor of more than 12 to 1. Although there has been a lot of conversation on changing these numbers, little has seemed to change.

In honor of Women's History Month, B~STEM Project in collaboration with Women In Technology International (www.witi.com) is excited to launch its first empowerment through media initiative, Hall of Fame Films. The competition is designed to give a platform to female content creators of all genres, as well as spotlight trailblazing women leading in technology and innovation across industries.

B~STEM Project's focus is to help young girls and women engage, learn, and grow around business, technology, and STEM-related disciplines across industries. Through corporate partnerships and grants, they're able to provide content, programming, mentorship and a rich toolset to help prepare young girls and women for the technologically driven workforce.

"Since we at WITI started in 1989, our Membership has been made up not only of technologists but professionals that consider technology critical to supporting their growth no matter what they do. The B~STEM Project is a dynamic way to help young girls and women understand that they need to be tech savvy to be successful in anything they choose to do. This generation is the most tech-savvy of our time. While many young people may feel they aren't interested in the standard STEM-related fields, the business tie-in is what WITI has been championing for over 25 years. Participation in B~STEM Project will help lay the groundwork for their future success," says WITI's President, David Leighton.

B~STEM Project provides the industry, and the content creators choose their heroine. They will then write, film, edit and upload their video to YouTube. The short films can be in any style or genre but must run no longer than five minutes in length. Whether the stories show the tone of a commercial, music video, animation or documentary, the creative landscape is vast.

B~STEM Project's Executive Director, Tracie Dean Ponder states, "Of course we know that today 'content is king' and what better way to champion the inclusion of women in media than to support female content creators. I believe progress starts with opportunity. The more opportunities we can create, it raises the probability of increasing the percentages."

Hall of Fame Films will allow aspiring, emerging, or professional talent participants to demonstrate their skills as well as connect with top industry executives. It provides a chance for entrants to showcase their talent by creating educational, entertaining, and empowering content while simultaneously showcasing women who have made an indelible impact on their industry. While creating viable opportunities for content creators, B~STEM Project is also dedicated to exposing young girls and women to dynamic career opportunities.

Registration for the competition is open February 1st through February 26th. The competition runs from March 1st through March 15th. Talent can register by going to bstem.org or withoutabox.com.

The finalists will be announced on March 31st, and films will be showcased at a red carpet screening located at YouTube Space Los Angeles. The event will be hosted and moderated by top YouTube talents Shira Lazar and Eva Gutowski, as well as include "A Conversation With," Creative Artist Agency's IT Chief of Staff, Victoria O'Seni.

Winners of the Hall of Fame Films competition will receive exclusive pitch meetings with executives such as:

  • Phil Breman, Vice President, Current Programming, NBCUniversal

  • Charlie Jordan Brookins SVP, Original Programming, BET Networks

  • Holly Gabrielson, Director, Unscripted Programming, TBS & TNT

  • Sarah Malkin Vice President and General Manager of Programming, Maker Studios

  • Adam Neuhaus Director of Development, ESPN Films and Original Content

  • Loren Ruch, VP of Programming & Special Projects, HGTV, DIY & GAC

  • Jayme Swain SVP, Strategy, Operations & Research, PBS

B~STEM's Bio:

For more information about B~STEM Project and Hall of Fame Films visit bstem.org or e-mail bstemcommunications@gmail.com. For sponsorship opportunities email bstemproject@gmail.com.