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 Program: “A Day of Silents,” San Francisco, CA, December 1, 2018

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s annual holiday program, A DAY OF SILENTS, is coming to the Castro Theatre on Saturday, December 1. One glorious full day of live cinema (six programs!) at San Francisco’s landmark movie palace Castro Theatre. Beautiful images from the silent era set to live musical accompaniment—you won’t want to miss it! »

  • New Profiles: Fall 2018

        A round-up of our newest profiles: Fall 2018 Travelogue filmmaker and anthropologist Kathleen Romoli (Colombia) by Isabel Arredondo Director, producer, and screenwriter Louise Kolm-Fleck (Austria, Germany, China) by Claudia Walkensteiner-Preschl Director, actress, producer, and screenwriter Francesca Bertini (Italy) by Monica Dall’Asta Chief accountant, office manager, and production secretary Aili Kari (Finland) by Hannu Salmi Producer, »

  • Special issue on “The Actress-Manager and Early Film” in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is out now!

      WFPP contributors Victoria Duckett (Deakin University) and Vito Adriaensens (Columbia University | University of Antwerp) are happy to announce the publication of a special issue on The Actress-Manager and Early Film in the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018).  In this issue, they explore how female entrepreneurial engagement in »

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.