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: “Lois Weber: Pioneer Progressive Filmmaker,” April 1-29, 2017, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

      “Lois Weber: Pioneer Progressive Filmmaker” April 1-29, 2017 Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago, IL Screenings include, The Blot (1921), Where Are My Children? (1916), and What’s Worth While? (1921).  From the Gene Siskel Film Center Website: “With all due respect to Alice Guy-Blaché, Germaine Dulac, Leni Riefenstahl, Dorothy Arzner, and other distinguished pioneers, Lois Weber was »

  • Book Publication: Women in Silent Cinema: Histories of Fame and Fate by Annette Förster

      We are excited to announce that WFPP contributor Annette Förster’s book Women in Silent Cinema: Histories of Fame and Fate has been published by Amsterdam University Press!  From AUP’s website: “This magisterial book offers comprehensive accounts of the professional itineraries of three women in the silent film in the Netherlands, France and North America. Annette Förster »

  • Behind the Scenes: WFPP Summer 2016 Research Trip Reports

      In a series of posts, we want to highlight the work of the graduate students at Columbia University who contribute their time and research to the Women Film Pioneers Project. Since it is spring break here at Columbia, we thought we would return to this past summer, when two of our graduate student liaisons conducted exciting »

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.