Showcase CIRCLE at Cannes Docs


CIRCLE Showcase Line Up at Cannes Docs - Marché du Film 2021

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator continues its partnership with Marché du Film that had a successful start last year. Four CIRCLE alumnae participants once again have the opportunity to pitch their docs-in-progress during Cannes Docs to festival programmers, sales agents, and other decision-makers during a hybrid event, with both onsite and online events taking place during the Cannes Film Market.


Great start of the collaboration between CIRCLE and Cannes Docs / Marché du Film is the project „Beauty of the Beast“, by Hungarian director Anna Nemes, produced by CIRCLE 2018 alumnae Ágnes Horváth-Szabó and András Pires Muhi, which later won the Nordisk Panorama award. The bar is set high for this year, but the projects and authors involved are more than talented and capable. 


In a conversation with Variety, our program director Biljana Tutorov and project manager Antigoni Papantoni explained that the 4 chosen projects "explore the state of womanhood today; all four projects use singular cinematic handwriting, exploring new territories of film language as documentaries often do. The discussion of a woman’s role being as relevant as ever before, the international potential of the projects rises from their engaged, honest and personal style, but also from the uniqueness of the visual languages that they explore.”


As part of Cannes Docs / Doc Day 2021, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator will host a panel Women Doc Filmmakers in the A-List Film Festival Circle. Director/producer Salomé Jashi (Taming The Garden), writer/editor Yaël Bitton (Invisible Demons, by Rahul Jain, Official Selection, Festival de Cannes 2021) and writer/producer Paula Vaccaro (Sumercé, Uncle Howard) will discuss the female experience in the documentary A-list festival industry.



Thursday 8 July, 14:30 - 15:45 (CET)



Tuesday 13 July 10:55-12:00 (CET)

Cannes Docs / Doc Day 2021

Panel - Women Doc Filmmakers in the A-List Film Festival Circle



Sunday 11 July, 10:00 - 11:15 (CET)

Riviera 2 screening room (Marché du Film)



Tuesday 13 July 10:55-12:00 

Main Stage (Marché du Film, Lérins)

Cannes Docs / Doc Day 2021

Panel - Women Doc Filmmakers in the A-List Film Festival Circle


Participants: filmmaker Salomé Jashi (Taming The Garden, Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno 2021), writer and editor Yaël Bitton (Invisible Demons by Rahul Jain, Official Selection / Festival de Cannes 2021), writer and producer Paula Vaccaro (Uncle Howard, Sundance, Berlinale 2016, Listen, Venice 2020).

Moderated by Biljana Tutorov, program director of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator.


> The complete schedule of Cannes Docs activities & events is accessible right here.



Directed by: Dalija Dozet (Croatia)

Produced by: Dana Budisavljević (Hulahop, Croatia), Vlado Bulajić (December, Slovenia)


Throughout his life my dad Danko considered the camera as an extension of his hands. Every family gathering would end as a chaotic mise-en-scène in front of his camera. He died suddenly, in age of 52. Now that he and his camera are gone, we are not able to communicate. This film is a metacinematic portrait of the family and the relationship between the cameraman father and the director daughter.



Directed by: Fan Wu (Taiwan)

Produced by: Fan Wu (Svemirko Audio Visual Art Productions,Taiwan); Venice Atienza (Svemirko Film Productions, The Philippines); Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films, GbR)


In my last summer in Europe after studies, I befriended XiXi, a Chinese improvisation artist. For a time, we were free from the ideologies we grew up in. Through years of video diary exchanges, our friendship that was a window to freedom, evolved into a room where what was silenced found its voice, forcing us to face the vulnerability that comes with the autonomy we never realized we’ve always possessed.



Directed by: Maja Doroteja Prelog (Slovenia)

Produced by: Rok Biček (Cvinger Film, Slovenia), Alessandro Leone (Agresywna Banda, Poland), Massimo Casula (Zena film, Italy)


Filmmaker Maja follows her partner Blaž, a leukaemia survivor who embarks on an extraordinary cycling journey to heal from traumatic experience. What should have been a heroic journey became a battle for their relationship. CENT’ANNI is a personal confession about impact of the illness on a relationship told from the perspective of caregiver.



Directed by: Bárbara Cunha (Brazil)

Produced by: Chica Mendonça (Chá Cinematográfico, Brazil)


Alexya Salvador is a trans indigenous-afro-american woman. Married, mother of three (including two trans girls) she lives a normative live. During a violent conservative wave in Brazil, she became the first Latin-America trans Reverend at her church and challenge orthodox religious values. She’s always death threatened. Her future is uncertain. Through her journey, she transforms her community.