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


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

    Athena Film Festival Barnard College, New York, NY February 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 »

  • Kansas Silent Film Festival, Topeka, Kansas, February 22-23, 2019

      The 23rd annual Kansas Silent Film Festival (February 22-23, 2019) will take place this year at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas. From the festival’s website: “In thinking about what we wanted to do for our 23rd event it dawned on us that we talk a lot about what is lost—there is a pretty high »

  • CFP: The British Silent Film Festival Symposium, April 11-12, 2019

      The British Silent Film Festival is back for its 20th edition, running from September 12-15, 2019 at the Phoenix in Leicester! The British Silent Film Festival Symposium is also back this year (taking place on April 11-12), at the Strand campus of King’s College London. The deadline for paper proposals is February 28, 2019. BSFFS »

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.