Hollywood Reporter brings news of a new program at Ubisoft, meant to nurture up-and-coming women screenwriters.
Under the new mentorship, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will offer training and resources to two aspiring female writers for film or TV. That includes one-on-one consultations with Ubisoft Motion Pictures VP Matt Phelps and creative executive Margaret Boykin.
Perhaps most exciting, the women gain full access to Ubisoft’s library, the opportunity to pitch them as feature films, and the chance to give their input on current Ubisoft films in production.
Rayman movie on the way? Sure! Mirror’s Edge? Why not!
Ubisoft is already working on several live-action features, despite the lukewarm reception earned by Assassin’s Creed. Movies based on Splinter Cell, The Division, Watch_Dogs, and even the Rabbids are in active development.
Those are the obvious choices, being Ubi’s most recent and most successful games. In addition to doing social good, the mentorship is an opportunity for the Quebecois company to bring in new blood and a fresh perspective.
“We want to open up more opportunities for women in the action genre”, commented Phelps on the program. “This focused fellowship is designed to promote inclusion and provide a fresh take on our material.”
There are only two spots open in this year’s fellowship. They also haven’t given out any public information on how to apply for the thing, so it might be invitation-only. That’s not super helpful for the other 2 billion women on the planet, but it sounds like Ubisoft plans to continue and expand this program if it does well.
This also isn’t the first time Ubisoft has done a women-forward mentorship. Each year, they partner with WIFT (Women in Film & Television) in Toronto to get an aspiring female game developer involved with the creation of a AAA game.
The new film mentorship would seem to indicate the WIFT partnership is a success. Nice to see a big media company trying to help the world, and in such a low-key way.
If you’d like to inquire about the mentorship, visit the Ubisoft Motion Pictures website. They’re keeping mum about it, but enough public interest might spur them to open up.