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Open call for CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2024!

Updated: Feb 8

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, to 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

The first module 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, the second module 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 the third module, 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.


In order to apply, please fill out the online form!

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, 2024 - Announcement of final selection of projects and notification of selected participants.

Application requirements:

In order to apply you will need to supply us with:

Basic information about the applicant and project


Short synopsis

Short treatment

Portrait photo of applicant and contact details

Short biography

Motivational letter of applicant

Short production company profile

Full treatment (minimum 5 pages long)

Short director’s and producer’s notes

Financing plan & budget overview of the film

Stills from your film

Teaser or trailer (downloadable link)

Link(s) to the previous film(s) of the director

For films in production/postproduction: selected scenes or rough-cut up to 20 min (downloadable link)

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.

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

In order to apply for the info session, please fill out the following Google form.

We look forward to reading your projects!

Good luck!

If you have any questions, please contact

To find out more about our program, please visit:

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is a unique training initiative designed for women and non-binary writers, directors, and producers from all-over the world. It offers a safe space for consultation, collaboration, sharing ideas and improving skills with the support of senior filmmakers and industry experts. We serve as a catalyst for propelling transnational partnerships into existence and encourage audiovisual professionals (especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds) to unlock their full, global potential. Our primary objective is to empower women and non-binary filmmakers and amplify their presence across Europe and the world. Since our founding in 2018, we have supported 50 directors and producers hailing from 35 different countries. We often work with projects in very early development, bringing them to the attention of the international industry, production companies and other training programs. Out of all the films developed through CIRCLE, 95% have either received international funding or premiered at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world.

CIRCLE partners

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA  and organized by Wake Up Films production. Other partners of the program include: When East Meets West Co-pro Forum, Cannes Docs - Marché du Film, Film Centre of Montenegro, International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), Documentary Association of Europe (DAE), TIDF Agora, European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA), Greek Film Centre, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, City of Novi Sad, Creative Europe MEDIA Desk - Montenegro, Creative Europe MEDIA Desk - Croatia, Creative Europe MEDIA Desk - Slovenia, Motovila, Creative Europe MEDIA Desk - Serbia, Cineuropa, Kulturni Centar Novi Sad and EURODOC.

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