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

News

  • Apparatus special issue, “Women at the Editing Table: Revising Soviet Film History of the 1920s and 1930s” is out now!

      An issue of Apparatus called “Women at the Editing Table: Revising Soviet Film History of the 1920s and 1930s” is now out! Edited by Karen Pearlman and Adelheid Heftberger From the editors’ introduction: “Cumulatively, this special issue of Apparatus aims to reveal the invisible. Its methodology is to bring to light the skills, intelligence, expertise, accomplishments, »

  • CFP: “The Visible Woman: On-Screen Presences of Femininity (1895-1920),” 12th International Seminar on the History and Origins of Cinema

      CFP: “The Visible Woman: On-Screen Presences of Femininity (1895-1920)” 12th International Seminar on the History and Origins of Cinema DEADLINE: November 4, 2018 Conference will be held: March 28-29, 2019 in Girona Organized by: The Museum of Cinema, the Departments of History and History of Art of the University of Girona, the consolidated Group for »

  • Film Festival: “Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days,” Kinothek Asta Nielsen, Germany, November 2-11

      Upcoming film festival: “Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days” at Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Germany, Nov. 2-11, 2018 From the event’s website: “This November, the Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Frankfurt will present the inaugural edition of Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days, to be held regularly in the future.  The Kinothek has promoted film work by women »

Featured Video

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

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Citation

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.