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


  • CFP: Feminist Media Histories, Special Issue on Asian Media

      Feminist Media Histories, Special Issue on Asian Media CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline: October 1, 2017 Guest Editor: Yiman Wang CFP: We invite proposals for a special issue of Feminist Media Histories on Asian Media. This issue probes the contested sites of practicing and theorizing feminist media in Asia. We encourage proposals that interrogate the concepts »

  • Alice Guy Blaché at Columbia University: One Hundred Years Later

      Kate Saccone on the centennial of Alice Guy Blaché’s visits to Columbia University: Earlier this spring, while rereading a portion of Alison McMahan’s book Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, I was reminded that, in the summer of 1917, Columbia University invited the eponymous film director, producer, screenwriter, and studio head to »

  • “Lois Weber: First Auteur” Film Series at Film Forum, July 30, August 6 & September 16!

      “Lois Weber: First Auteur” Film Forum, New York City Titles to be screened: The Blot (Sunday, July 30, 2017) Shoes & Suspense (Sunday, August 6, 2017) The Dumb Girl of Portici (Saturday, September 16, 2017) Film Forum will be screening these films by Weber along with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner. From Film Forum’s website: »

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.