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


  • New Profiles: Fall 2018

        A round-up of our newest profiles: Fall 2018 Travelogue filmmaker and anthropologist Kathleen Romoli (Colombia) by Isabel Arredondo Director, producer, and screenwriter Louise Kolm-Fleck (Austria, Germany, China) by Claudia Walkensteiner-Preschl Director, actress, producer, and screenwriter Francesca Bertini (Italy) by Monica Dall’Asta Chief accountant, office manager, and production secretary Aili Kari (Finland) by Hannu Salmi   »

  • Special issue on “The Actress-Manager and Early Film” in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is out now!

      WFPP contributors Victoria Duckett (Deakin University) and Vito Adriaensens (Columbia University | University of Antwerp) are happy to announce the publication of a special issue on The Actress-Manager and Early Film in the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018).  In this issue, they explore how female entrepreneurial engagement in »

  • Film Screening: “Alice Guy Blaché in America: Shorts from Solax and The Ocean Waif,” University of Chicago, Friday, Nov. 11, 2018

      Film Screening: “Alice Guy Blaché in America: Shorts from Solax and The Ocean Waif“ Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago Friday, November 11, 2018, 7pm.  Live score by David Drazin   From the event website: “The first woman filmmaker in the world, Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968) produced, wrote, and directed more than 600 »

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.