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


  • The Fall 2017 issue of Feminist Media Histories is now live!

      The Fall 2017 issue of Feminist Media Histories is now live! Guest edited by WFPP contributor Mark Lynn Anderson, this edition of the feminist journal is a special issue on Betterment. From Anderson’s introduction: “In the 1910s it was practically unthinkable to hold a hearing on a pressing social problem, form a commission addressing inequities or corruption, or »

  • San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s “A Day of Silents” Program Announced!

      The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents “A Day of Silents” on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Castro Theatre.  “One glorious day of live cinema with six programs of silent-era masterworks set to live musical accompaniment!” The program includes The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by Lotte Reiniger and The Last Man on Earth (1924), »

  • New WFPP Profiles: Summer 2017

      A roundup of profiles added to WFPP over the summer:   Harriet Bloch (Denmark, Germany, Sweden) by Birgit Granhøj, Eva N. Redvall Marvin Breckinridge (United States) by Charles Tepperman Lydia Hayward (United Kingdom) by Christine Gledhill Elizabeth McGaffey (United States) by Lisle Foote Christiane Mendelys (France) by Annie Fee Asta Nielsen (Denmark, Germany) by Julie »

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.