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CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2024

Are you a woman or non-binary filmmaker with a feature documentary project in any stage of development?
Advance your film with the help of world-renowned mentors and join the CIRCLE network.

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The call for CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2024 is officially open!

We are looking for 10 women and non-binary filmmakers (directors or producers) with strong creative documentary projects in any stage of production to apply for the upcoming seventh edition of the program.


Selected participants will have the opportunity to develop their films with renowned experts in the field of documentary filmmaking, broaden their professional and personal networks and position their projects in the European and international documentary film landscape. 


Through three working modules, CIRCLE fosters project development, but strongly focuses on knowledge-sharing and development of professional skills, all the more by connecting participants of the programme with the rest of the film industry and giving them access to world-renowned mentors. 


CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2024 features 3 tailor made sessions in 3 different countries, with each session focusing on a different key aspect of project development:


Module 01: June 2024, Greece

Creative development and in-depth analysis of projects

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Module 01 focuses on creative development and analysis of the projects. With the mentorship of expert directors, script-writers and producers, each project is thoroughly addressed in order to pinpoint its strengths and potential. Combining individual consultations with group sessions, the goal of this phase is to expand participants’ perception of their films and devise new strategies for resolving any potential issues they may have faced in their creative journeys. These sessions are reinforced by masterclasses, film screenings and other activities.  

Module 02: September 2024 (Serbia)

Project packaging

In addition to further creative development of the projects, Module 02 is dedicated to the packaging, marketing and financing of feature documentaries.  Each project has its own distinct needs, so the goal is to devise tailor-made production and communication strategies in order to raise international visibility and financing potential of the projects. Here, the participants will be working with leading experts specialized in packaging and marketing, as well as international co-productions and legal matters.

Module 03: January 2025, Trieste, Italy

Networking at When East Meets West / Trieste Film Festival


Finally, during the course of Module 03, the participants will have the opportunity to present their projects to potential partners and decision makers during the When East Meets West co-production market in Trieste, Italy. They will have access to all the Industry events, as well as film screenings, and will enjoy the benefits of networking with a wide array of professionals in the European documentary field.


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complete application requirements

Click the button  below to download a document with all the things you will need to apply for the program.

Fee and Scholarship:  

The participation fee (3600€) covers mentorship, accommodation and meals for all three modules, as well as a variety of offers by our partners. CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator may allocate scholarships for participants from low capacity countries in need.

Timeline of application process

The call will operate according to the following timeline:

January 22 2024 - Call for applications opens
February 26 2024 - Call for application closes at 23:59 CET

March 18 - April 07 2024 - Interviews with shortlisted applicants

April 10 - Announcement of final selection of projects and notification of selected participants.


CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator online info session

Join us for our upcoming online info session on February 8th at 16:00 pm (CET) to learn more about CIRCLE and how it can help you bring your documentary project to life.


During the session, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the curriculum and benefits of the program

  • Ask questions about the application process

Apply for CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2024

Please fill out the Google Form on the link below.

Deadline: February 26th, 2024

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