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


  • Call for Entries: Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

      Call for entries for a forthcoming reference book titled Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History, published by ABC-CLIO. Edited by Laura L. S. Bauer, Film Studies Editor, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal & Ph.D. Candidate, English Department, Claremont Graduate University From the call: Please look at the list of names below and send your »

  • CFP: The Actress-Manager and Early Film

      CFP: The Actress-Manager and Early Film – a special issue of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, guest edited by WFPP contributors Vito Adriaensens and Victoria Duckett Deadline for submissions: January 29, 2018 As Jacky Bratton’s recent monograph The Making of the West End Stage: Marriage, Management and the Mapping of Gender in London, 1830- »

  • CFP: 15th International Domitor Conference, “Provenance and Early Cinema,” George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, June 13-16, 2018

      Call for Papers for the 15th International Domitor Conference, which will be held at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York on June 13-16, 2018. Deadline: October 1, 2017 CFP: The very founding of Domitor thirty years ago, as an international society for the study of early cinema was the result of an important »

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.