Women Film Pioneers Project features silent-era producers, directors, co-directors, scenario writers, scenario editors, camera operators, title writers, editors, costume designers, exhibitors, and more to make the point that they were not just actresses.

Contribute to WFPP

If you are interested in contributing to the Women Film Pioneers Project, please contact the editorial team at wfpp@columbia.edu for further instructions on the process. Additionally, please look over our Guidelines, which are located on the About page.

Current Calls for Contributors:

  1. Unassigned Russian Pioneers
  2. Overview Essays


  • Publication: Women & the Silent Screen VII Special Dossier, Screening the Past Issue 40!

    A selection of papers from Women and the Silent Screen VII (Fall 2013) has just been published in a special issue of the Australian-based online journal Screening the Past. The conference, which took place in Melbourne, helped to launch the Women Film Pioneers Project. This special dossier was co-edited by conference organizers Dr. Victoria Duckett »

  • Upcoming Film Restoration: “Mothers of Men” (1917), starring Dorothy Davenport Reid!

    In collaboration with the BFI, San Francisco Film Festival, and Library of Congress, film archivist James Mockoski has announced the upcoming restoration of Mothers of Men (1917), which stars film pioneer Dorothy Davenport Reid. “Mothers of Men, made in 1917, is one the few surviving women’s suffrage films…Starring Dorothy Davenport, Mothers of Men is a melodrama at its »

  • Women Film Pioneers Project in the News!

    We are thrilled with the fantastic responses to WFPP! Here are a just a few examples of recent press mentions: WFPP in the News! Women’s Film & Television History Network’s blog: “Women Film Pioneers Project” (10/16/15) Canyon News: “UCLA Hosts Dorothy Arzner Retrospective” (7/31/15) China Women’s News: “发现与重述:那些曾创造世界电影传奇的女人 ” (5/19/15). Sight & Sound: “The World of Silent Cinema” »

Featured Video

Trailer for Golden Gate Girls (2013), a feature-length documentary directed, written, and co-produced by Louisa Wei, which tells the story of Chinese-American director Esther Eng.

Featured Pioneer


Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013.