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


  • “Esther Eng and Other Challenges to Women and World Cinema,” February 4-6, 2016, Columbia University

      “Esther Eng and Other Challenges to Women and World Cinema” A conference co-organized by: M.A. in Film & Media Studies Program, School of the Arts & The Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race Columbia University, New York February 4-6, 2016 Dorothy Arzner has long provided the paradigm for subversive feminist filmmaking and the »

  • 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 »

  • 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 the recent restoration of Shoes (Lois Weber, 1916) by the EYE Film Institute.

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.