Meryl Streep is putting her hard-earned money to good use and funding a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40.
Variety reports that New York Women in Film and Televison and IRIS — a collective of women filmmakers — will run it. The announcement was made on Sunday at a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The lab, set to be called the Writers Lab, hopes to increase opportunities for female writers over the age of 40. Thus, some of the mentors for the first year include writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), producer Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood), and writers Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde) and Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On).
It’s no surprise that Streep’s involvement in the lab is significant, considering she’s been a longtime supporter of NYWIFT. Streep also showed her support of women’s rights and women empowerment during Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech at the 2015 Academy Awards.
The lab will take place at a retreat in upstate New York. The initiative will be accepting submissions from May 1-June 1, and eight winners will be chosen on August 1.