Canadian Women Film Directors Database
Contact:  website

Profile: Contains bibliographies, filmographies, quotations, and other information about Canadian women directors and their films.  This database is bilingual and can be searched by director, title, date, or film category.  It was created by Margaret Fulford, a librarian at the University of Toronto, in 2007.  Currently it contains 975 film directors and it continues to expand.

Japanese Women Behind the Scenes
Profile:  The aim of this project is to assemble complete filmographies and bibliographic information for women working behind the scenes in the Japanese film and television industry.  From the director’s chair to in-betweening work for anime, Japanese women have made great contributions to Japanese filmic culture and deserve more recognition for their achievements.  It is my great hope that this wiki will assist researchers looking for more information about Japanese filmmakers, cinematographers, art directors, script girls, animators, and more.  To collaborate on this project, please contact Catherine Munroe Hotes at

Kinothek Asta Nielsen
Profile: “Aims to make film history by way of film programmes. In doing so it will take up some of the loose threads left by the theoretical and practical film work of the more recent women’s movement, the intention being to pull that work back from oblivion. The Kinothek Asta Nielsen will ensure that copies are accessible. It will itself collect films in the non-commercial 16 mm and Super-8 formats, plus written material, catalogues, flyers, the so called grey literature, in addition to relevant publications.”

Lost Films
Profile:    “Lost Films is an initiative of the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).  Its purpose is to make visible the invisible portion of film history by acting as a collaboration platform for internet users to bring together relevant information and surviving documents concerning Lost Films.  The archive of titles currently contains over 3500 films believed or declared to be lost…An identify section, meanwhile, presents a selection of pictures and video clips of unidentified films for users to help identify.  All visitors to Lost Films are free to view its contents. However, members have the added benefit of being able to amend existing information, as well as to contribute additional information and documents.  Member contributions will assure the frequent and essential supply of the most up-to-date and accurate information.  All visitors to Lost Films are therefore encouraged to become members. Click here to register.”

Media History Digital Library
Contact: website
Profile: Provides free, searchable, online access to U.S. film industry trade papers in the public domain including some, though not all, issues of Film Daily, Moving Picture World, and Photoplay among others.  The archive continues to expand.

SP-ARK, The Sally Potter Archive
Contact: website
Profile: Offers online, free access to multi-media Sally Potter’s archive on Orlando.  It includes the drafts of scripts, casting interviews, call sheets and much more.  Not only comprehensive, the archive is interactive.  People using the site can leave “pathways” through the material that   others may follow.

Sisters in Cinema, African-American Women Feature Film Directors
Includes a list of African-American women who have worked on feature films.  There are plans to include information about African-American women and women from the African Diaspora who created shorts, experimental films, animation, multi-media and documentaries.  This site was developed and researched by Yvonne Welbon.  She continues to expand its offerings.

Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.
Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation) web site provides access to the Thanhouser film enterprise history, surviving films and company ephemera. It is run by Ned Thanhouser, grandson of founders Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser. Between 1910 and 1917 the Thanhouser Company, and Mutual’s successor Thanhouser Film Corporation, produced and released over 1,000 silent films to worldwide distribution. This website includes a brief history of the company, profiles of 25 key actors and actresses, dozens of images from posters, post cards, advertisements, heralds, glass slides PLUS free access to 56 full length Thanhouser films for online viewing.

Thanhouser Fans Facebook Page
Profile: Community page for “fans” of the Thanhouser film enterprise. This site is managed by Ned Thanhouser to connect with people who are interested in keeping informed on current activities of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. including new discoveries, film screenings, research activities, and to receive regular updates from the “100 Years Ago”  series that recounts the day-to-day activities and film releases that took place 100 years ago from the Thanhouser film enterprise.

Women Film Pioneers Project
web address forthcoming
Profile: Features silent-era producers, directors, co-directors, scenario writers, scenario editors, camera operators, title writers, editors, costume designers, exhibitors, theatre managers to make the point that they were not just actresses.

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