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: “Elvira Notari: Kino der Passage,” Frankfurt, Germany – December 14-17, 2017

      Film Festival: Elvira Notari: Kino der Passage December 14-17, 2017 Kinothek Asta Nielsen, Frankfurt, Germany Curated by Karola Gramann and Heide Schlüpmann, organized by the Kinothek Asta Nielsen e.V. Venue Pupille – Kino in der Uni, Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Bockenheim From the Kinothek Asta Nielsen website: “A Time Travel to Naples in the »

  • New Profiles: October 2017

      New WFPP Profiles – October 2017 Screenwriter/literary advisor Winnifred Eaton (United States)  by Vito Adriaensens  Actress, producer, director & screenwriter Diana Karenne (France, Germany, Italy) by Cristina Jandelli and Linda Del Gamba Film critic/historian & script assistant & intertitle translator María Luz Morales (Spain) by Begoña Soto-Vázquez Animator/director Lotte Reiniger (Canada, Germany, Italy, England) by »

  • Exhibition: “Las hijas de Alice Guy,” ALCINE 47 – Festival de cine de Alcalá de Henares, Nov. 3-26, 2017

      An exhibition, entitled “The Daughters of Alice Guy,” will run from November 3-26, 2017 in Madrid, Spain, as part of ALCINE 47 (Festival de cine de Alcalá de Henares) From the festival’s website: Exposición: Las hijas de Alice Guy: Reimaginando una historia del cine La historia del cine es, como tantas otras, una historia »

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.