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


  • Women and the Silent Screen IX, Shanghai, China, June 16-18, 2017

      The Women and the Silent Screen film conference will be taking place from June 16-18, 2017 in Shanghai, China. The theme of this conference, now in its 9th edition, is “Histories, Her-stories, and Methods.” The conference, which consists of panels and screenings, is sponsored by the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai Film Museum, and Contemporary »

  • Film Festival: “Mostly Lost 6: A Film Identification Workshop,” June 15-17, 2017, Library of Congress (Packard Campus), Culpeper, Virginia

      From the Mostly Lost event page: The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 6: A Film Identification Workshop” on June 15-17, 2017 in Culpeper, Virginia. “Mostly Lost” will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films. Early film experts and archivists are encouraged to attend, »

  • Blu-ray/DVD Release: Flicker Alley’s Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

    Just released: Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology From Flicker Alley’s website: “More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema’s most »

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.