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


  • Film series: “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” Brooklyn Academy of Music, July 20-26, 2018

      Film series: “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” is screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, July 20-26, 2018.  “In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. »

  • Contributor Spotlight: WFPP Interview with Joe Yranski

      WFPP is delighted to introduce a new series of contributor spotlights, beginning with longtime contributor Joe Yranski. Yranski, who provided numerous stills for the project prior to our online launch, was the Senior Film and Video Historian at the New York Public Library for over thirty years. He has been involved in film restoration »

  • CFP: New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive

      Call for Papers: New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive Deadline: August 10, 2018  “The event is a collaboration between the University of Leeds’ School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, the Universities of York and Sheffield, and the Audiovisual Heritage Meeting. The conference is generously funded by the Arts & »

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.