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 in Production!

    Girl From God’s Country (coming September 2014) is a new documentary about film pioneer Nell Shipman. Directed by Karen Day, the documentary is produced by Karen Meyer, in association with Idaho Film Collections of BSU and Idaho State Historical Society. Visit http://gcgproductions.com/ to learn more about this exciting project and how you can help!

    Check out the Kickstarter campaign

  • 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:   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 Film Pioneers Project: »

  • Women Film Pioneers Project Launched at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City!

    Last month, WFPP publicly launched its site and research with two film programs in MoMA’s “To Save and Project” film festival. Saturday, October 19, 2013: 2:00pm: Women Daredevils of the Silent Era: More than Pearl White Pearl White was a wildly popular daredevil serial queen of the silent era, but she wasn’t the first. Gene Gauntier »

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.