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


  • CFP: Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots-Then, Now, and Next

      CFP: Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: 
Calling the Shots – Then, Now, and Next University of Southampton, May 23-25, 2018
 Organizing team: Shelley Cobb, Linda Ruth Williams, and Natalie Wreyford Proposals due November 3, 2017 As researchers of the AHRC-funded project Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary UK Film Culture 2000-2015 we »

  • Behind the Scenes: A Report on the Recent Women and the Silent Screen IX Conference

      Xinyi Zhao recaps her experiences at the recent Women and the Silent Screen IX conference, which was held in Shanghai last month (June 16-18, 2017): One of the highlights of my summer this year was attending Women and the Silent Screen IX, which was hosted by the Shanghai Theater Academy and Contemporary Cinema. The »

  • Women and Hollywood’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, Fall 2017

      From the Women and Hollywood website: “Women and Hollywood is celebrating its tenth anniversary this fall and we want you to be there! Founder and Publisher Melissa Silverstein will be hosting three different events — one in New York, one in Los Angeles, and one in London — to honor a decade of educating, advocating, and agitating for greater »

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.