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


  • 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 »

  • New York Feminist Film Week, Anthology Film Archives, March 7-12, 2017

      “The co-founders of WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (from5to7.com), a global platform committed to increasing the visibility of trans/cis women and all genderqueer/trans people, present the first NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK. Taking intersectional and transnational feminist approaches to interrogating cultural constructions of gender, sex, race, and class, our program aims to foster critical »

  • “Women Who Run Hollywood Screening & Panel,” Athena Film Festival, February 11, 2017

      On February 11, the Athena Film Festival (Barnard College, Feb. 9-12, 2017) is screening the documentary Women Who Run Hollywood (dir. Julia and Clara Kuperberg, 2017), which focuses on early female film pioneers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of early female filmmakers and their invisibility in film history. For more »

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.