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: Audience Lost: Minority Women and Spectatorship

    CFP: AUDIENCE LOST: MINORITY WOMEN AND SPECTATORSHIP 22-23 November 2019, Ghent, Belgium Deadline for abstracts & bios: June 30, 2019 Keynote speakers:  Prof. Judith Thissen (Utrecht University)  Prof. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago) From the conference website: In 2002, Annette Kuhn reflected, in Dreaming of Fred and Ginger: Cinema and Cultural Memory, that in »

  • Lois Weber: Historical Marker Unveiling, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny, Pittsburgh, PA, June 13, 2019

      On June 13, 2019, attend the unveiling of a new historical marker for filmmaker Lois Weber. From the event website: “She’s the North Side original and influential woman pioneer in early film making you may have never heard of! Celebrate Lois Weber’s 140th birthday with the unveiling of a new historical marker outside the »

  • Women and the Silent Screen 10/Eye International Conference 2019 – Sisters, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 25-29, 2019

      The 10th Women and the Silent Screen conference will take place May 25-29, in Amsterdam at the Eye Filmmuseum! “Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), an international conference held biennially, brings together research focusing on all forms of women’s presence in the earliest decades of motion picture history. After its first edition in Utrecht »

Featured Video

Filmens Vovehals (1923): a promotional film meant to highlight the daring stunts performed by Danish actress, daredevil, and screenwriter Emile Sannom. 

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.