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


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

    In collaboration with the BFI, San Francisco Film Festival, and Library of Congress, Francis Ford Coppola Presents 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 »

  • Women & the Silent Screen VIII, University of Pittsburgh, September 17-19, 2015

    Women and the Silent Screen is an international biannual conference of film scholars, historians, and archivists dedicated to documenting the central and determining roles that women played in the formation of the most significant institution of visual culture in the twentieth century. This conference, the eighth to be held and the first to be held »

  • 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! Canyon News: “UCLA Hosts Dorothy Arzner Retrospective” (July  31, 2015) China Women’s News: “发现与重述:那些曾创造世界电影传奇的女人 ” (May 19, 2015). Sight & Sound: “The World of Silent Cinema” (Aug. 2014, Vol. 24 Issue 8). Nonfics: “5 »

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.