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


  • A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices

    {{unknown}}“…On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors. “Women directors aren’t working on an even playing field and aren’t getting a »

  • Nell Shipman Documentary Premieres at NYCIFF, Bentonville Film Festival, and more!

    Girl From God’s Country screened at the New York City International Film Festival on Monday, May 4th.  It continued on to the Bentonville Film Festival. Girl From God’s Country is a new documentary about film pioneer Nell Shipman. Produced, written, and directed by Karen Day, it features interviews with many of our contributors, including our co-editor Professor Jane Gaines! GIRL FROM GOD’S »

  • 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! Sight & Sound: “The World of Silent Cinema” (Aug. 2014, Vol. 24 Issue 8). Nonfics: “5 Women Documentary Pioneers You Should Know” (3/26/14). The Bioscope blog: “O Pioneers!” (11/10/13). Filmmaker Magazine: “Women »

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.