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


  • Lois Weber’s The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) screens at Anthology Film Archives, December 16-18, 2016!

      Don’t miss the restoration premiere of The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), distributed by Milestone Films!  Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18, 2016. Anthology Film Archives, New York. From the AFA website:   Following on the heels of our series, “Woman with a Movie Camera,” which included a program devoted to Lois Weber, the most »

  • “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” Kickstarter Campaign

    Kino Lorber has just announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming release Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.  “Presented in association with the Library of Congress (and drawing from the collections of other world-renowned film archives), Pioneers will be the largest commercially-released video collection of films by women directors, and will focus on American films »

  • Film Screening: “Lost Visionaries of the Silent Screen: Highlights from the Women Film Pioneers Project,” November 11, University of Chicago

    Lost Visionaries of the Silent Screen: Highlights from the Women Film Pioneers Project Friday, November 11, 2016 University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St., Chicago Co-organized by Aurore Spiers (CMS) and Kate Saccone (Columbia University)   Officially launched online in 2013, the Women Film Pioneers Project has played an important »

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.