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


  • New York Feminist Film Week, Anthology Film Archives, March 7-12, 2017

      “The co-founders of WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (from5to7.com), a global platform committed to increasing the visibility of trans/cis women and all genderqueer/trans people, present the first NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK. Taking intersectional and transnational feminist approaches to interrogating cultural constructions of gender, sex, race, and class, our program aims to foster critical »

  • “Women Who Run Hollywood Screening & Panel,” Athena Film Festival, February 11, 2017

      On February 11, the Athena Film Festival (Barnard College, Feb. 9-12, 2017) is screening the documentary Women Who Run Hollywood (dir. Julia and Clara Kuperberg, 2017), which focuses on early female film pioneers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of early female filmmakers and their invisibility in film history. For more »

  • Call for Papers: Feminist Media Histories “Gender and Labor in Media Histories” (due Jan. 15, 2017)

    CFP: Feminist Media Histories “Gender and Labor in Media Histories.” Guest editor Denise McKenna Due: January 15, 2017 “We invite proposals for a special issue of Feminist Media Histories on the topic of Gender and Labor. All media production depends on the combined effort of skilled workers whose labor is circumscribed by gender and by historical context. »

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.