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


  • Nell Shipman Documentary has New York Premiere on May 4, 2015!

    Girl From God’s Country will screen at the New York City International Film Festival on Monday, May 4th.  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 COUNTRY Trailer 3 minutes »

  • Call for Papers- Women and the Silent Screen VIII 2015

    Women & the Silent Screen VIII: Women, Labor, and Working-Class Cultures University of Pittsburgh September 17-19, 2015 Deadline for proposals: JANUARY 5, 2015 WSS is dedicated to advancing film historical and theoretical scholarship about the thousands of women who worked “behind the camera” in international cinema during the silent era. We invite participants to submit »

  • 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.