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: “Woman with a Movie Camera,” September 15-28, 2016, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

    WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA: FEMALE FILM DIRECTORS BEFORE 1950 September 15 – September 28, 2016 Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY Female filmmakers in the 21st century continue to struggle against double standards, institutionalized sexism, and a dire lack of opportunities, especially within the realm of commercial cinema. While these obstacles have been in »

  • Call for Papers: Women and the Silent Screen IX: “Histories, Her-stories, and Methods”

    CFP: Women and the Silent Screen IX: “Histories, Her-stories, and Methods” Co-sponsored by Shanghai Theater Academy and Contemporary Cinema June 16-18, 2017 Shanghai, China “…. this conference invites colleagues to reflect upon the methods of historiography centered on women film workers in the silent era. Who and what become the visible subjects of this historiography, and why? What »

  • Call for Papers: 11th Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema: “Presences and Representations of Women in the Early Years of Cinema.”

    CFP: Presences and Representations of Women in the Early Years of Cinema 1895-1920 11th Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema   Girona (Catalonia) March 30-31, 2017 The 11th seminar is organized by the Museu del Cinema, The Department of History & History of Art at the University of Girona, the Consolidated research group in Theories of »

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.