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


  • Blu-ray/DVD Release: Flicker Alley’s Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

    Just released: Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology From Flicker Alley’s website: “More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema’s most »

  • Film Festival: The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1-4, 2017

      The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be taking place on June 1-4, 2017!  The line-up includes two films directed by early women directors:  Lois Weber’s The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) and Dorothy Arzner’s Get Your Man (1927).  From the SFSFF website: Twenty-two years! SFSFF is thrilled to continue presenting indelible live cinema events »

  • Film Screening: Lois Weber’s Sensation Seekers (1927) at MoMA, May 6 & 9, 2017

    The Museum of Modern Art will be screening Lois Weber’s Sensation Seekers (1927) on May 6th & 9th as part of their film series “Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years.” From MoMA’s website: Once again, MoMA is proud to host Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra. This time they’re performing a newly arranged »

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.