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 Festival: Athena Film Festival, Barnard College, February 28-March 3, 2019

    Athena Film Festival Barnard College, New York, NY Feb. 28-March 3, 2019 “The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leaders.” The 2019 Athena Film Festival has announced its lineup, which includes a screening of the »

  • Film Lecture: Talk by Jane Gaines & Screening, Linwood Dunn Theater, Los Angeles, CA, January 17, 2019

    Film Scholars Lecture – Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? Linwood Dunn Theater, Los Angeles, CA January 17, 2018, 7:30pm From the event website: “This talk by Academy Film Scholar Jane Gaines, based on her book of the same name, describes how these women fell out of the limelight and then »

  • Film Festival: “To Save and Project: The 16th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation,” Museum of Modern Art, January 4–31, 2019

      The schedule for the 16th edition of MoMA’s festival “To Save and Project” has been announced! Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY January 4-31, 2019   Screenings and events include: – Ernst Lubitsch’s Forbidden Paradise (1924), written by Agnes Christine Johnson -“The Great Victorian Moving Picture Show, Part 1: New Restorations from the British »

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.