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 Series: “The Pioneers of Silent Cinema,” Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, Paris, August 29-September 25, 2018

      From August 29 to September 25, 2015, the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation is hosting a film program entitled “The Pioneers of Silent Cinema,” looking specifically at early women filmmakers. From the event page: “For the fall, the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé looks back on the career of women who, behind the camera, worked for the development »

  • Film series: “Women of the West,” Anthology Film Archives, August 31-September 16, 2018

      Film series: “Women of the West,” Anthology Film Archive August 31-September 16, 2018. Programmed by Hannah Greenberg, this film series will include shorts by silent-era filmmaker Texas Guinan on September 1 & 11, 2018. “As the genre most inextricably linked to America, the Western has always been malleable enough to be reconfigured and revised to »

  • Film Series: “Germaine Dulac,” Film Society of Lincoln Center, August 24-30, 2018

      Germaine Dulac Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY August 24-30, 2018 From the Film Society of Lincoln Center website: “The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York announce Germaine Dulac, a survey of work by the pioneering figure of the French avant-garde and »

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.