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


  • Campaign to raise funds for Alice Micheaux’s headstone a success!

      The GoFundMe campaign to raise money to place a headstone at Alice B. Russell‘s (aka Mrs. Micheaux) unmarked grave was a success! From Terri Frances, Director of Black Film Center/Archive in Indiana: Alice Burton Russell Micheaux June 30, 1899 – January 1, 1985 A memorial to celebrate the life and pioneering film career of Alice B. »

  • DVD/Blu-ray Release: Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) and The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) from Milestone Films!

      Now available on DVD and Blu-ray: “Two Astonishing Films by Pioneer Woman Director Lois Weber.” Milestone Films is releasing new restorations two films by Lois Weber: Shoes (1916) and The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) (starring dance star Anna Pavlova). For more information and to purchase the DVD/Blu-rays, click here! For more information on these films, check out »

  • Call for Papers: The 2018 British Silent Film Festival Symposium, April 19-20, 2018

      Call for Papers: The 2018 British Silent Film Festival Symposium April 19-20, 2018 Dept. of Film Studies at Kings College London Deadline: March 20, 2018  “BSFFS aims to showcase new research in any aspect of film-making and film-going culture in Britain or the British Empire before 1930. We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers. The »

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.