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


  • Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, Bologna, Italy, June 22-30, 2019

      This year, Il Cinema Ritrovato, a film festival dedicated to rare films and rediscoveries, runs from June 22-30, 2019! As always, this rich festival will take place in Bologna, Italy. From the festival’s website: “Once again Il Cinema Ritrovato will act as a time machine, exploring three centuries of cinema, from the end of »

  • Mostly Lost 8, Culpeper, Virginia, June 12-15, 2019

      Mostly Lost returns for its 8th edition, running from June 12-15, 2019! “The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents ‘Mostly Lost 8: A Film Identification Workshop’ in Culpeper, Virginia. ‘Mostly Lost’ will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and sound films. Beginning with an opening reception the »

  • CFP: Audience Lost: Minority Women and Spectatorship

    CFP: AUDIENCE LOST: MINORITY WOMEN AND SPECTATORSHIP 22-23 November 2019, Ghent, Belgium Deadline for abstracts & bios: June 30, 2019 Keynote speakers:  Prof. Judith Thissen (Utrecht University)  Prof. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago) From the conference website: In 2002, Annette Kuhn reflected, in Dreaming of Fred and Ginger: Cinema and Cultural Memory, that in »

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.