The company has pledged $500,000 to help film-makers who have raised more than $10,000 through crowdfunding get access to Vimeo’s platform.

Vimeo will apply Audience Development Funds and grant free one-year PRO accounts to film-makers whose work is deemed to be distribution-ready.

In return, Vimeo On Demand will secure the film’s exclusive digital premiere window.

“Vimeo is committed to empowering film-makers with the world’s best platform for direct distribution,” said Vimeo general manager of audience networks, Greg Clayman.

“While crowdfunding has changed the game in getting films made, Vimeo is taking the next step supporting filmmakers to get their work seen and purchased on Vimeo and across the web.”