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


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      Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, directed by Pamela B. Green, opens at New York’s IFC Center on Friday, April 26, 2019! “Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning – in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head »

  • Denver Silent Film Festival, April 26-28, 2019

      The Denver Silent Film Festival is back! Running from April 26-28, 2019, the festival lineup includes a discussion with Amy Heller and Dennis Doros of Milestone Films and screenings of Blackmail (1929), Shiraz (1928), Within Our Gates (1920), Dragnet Girl (1933), and more! “The Denver Silent Film Festival was established in September of 2010. The Denver Silent Film Festival »

  • Feminist Media Histories special issue on Sex and the Materiality of Adult Media is now out!

      The Spring 2019 issue of Feminist Media Histories is now out! This issue, guest edited by Elena Gorfinkel, focuses on sex and the materiality of adult media. From the Editor’s Introduction: “This issue’s contributions bring together approaches that expand and complicate distinctions between high and low forms, commercial porn industries and independent productions, and queer and »

Featured Video

Filmens Vovehals (1923): a promotional film meant to highlight the daring stunts performed by Danish actress, daredevil, and screenwriter Emile Sannom. 

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.