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

News

  • 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 »

  • Call for Papers: Women and the Silent Screen IX: “Histories, Her-stories, and Methods”

    CFP: Women and the Silent Screen IX: “Histories, Her-stories, and Methods” Co-sponsored by Shanghai Theater Academy and Contemporary Cinema June 16-18, 2017 Shanghai, China “…. this conference invites colleagues to reflect upon the methods of historiography centered on women film workers in the silent era. Who and what become the visible subjects of this historiography, and why? What »

  • Recent Press Mentions: The Women Film Pioneers Project in the News!

       A round-up of recent press mentions and articles relating to the Women Film Pioneers Project: Washington Square News: “Anthology Film Archives Celebrate Female Filmmakers” (9/22/16). The Village Voice: “Celebrate the Women Who Mastered the Silver Screen at Anthology Film Archives” (9/20/16) Artforum: “Wise Guy” (9/16/16) Film Journal International: “The Celluloid Ceiling: Anthology Film Archives Surveys »

Featured Video

Trailer for the recent restoration of Shoes (Lois Weber, 1916) by the EYE Film Institute.

Featured Pioneer

Citation

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.