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


  • Film screening: “Hardly Quiet: Women of the Silent Film Era,” New York Public Library, August 8, 2018

      Film screening: “Hardly Quiet: Women of the Silent Film Era,” New York Public Library, August 8, 2018 (6:30pm) From the NYPL event page: “A series of short films introduce female protagonists on the screen and behind the scenes. FEATURING ◦ A House Divided (1913, dir. Alice Guy-Blaché) ◦ Suspense (1913, dir. Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley) ◦ Thèmes »

  • “So many of the debates we’re having today were actually settled 100 years ago”: A Conversation with Shelley Stamp

      Following the success of the Blu-ray/DVD box set Pioneers of African-American Cinema, Kino Lorber is producing Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, which will present work by early American women filmmakers. The set is curated by film historian (and WFPP contributor) Shelley Stamp. To celebrate this upcoming release and highlight titles in the collection, Brooklyn Academy »

  • Film series: “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” Brooklyn Academy of Music, July 20-26, 2018

      Film series: “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” is screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, July 20-26, 2018.  “In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. »

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.