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CIRCLE 2020 - Wrap Up & Awards

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator concluded the surreal 2020 at 16th DOK Co-Pro Market with the 3rd module oriented towards networking and presentation of the projects to potential partners and financiers.

From June to October, our 11 participants worked with 15 mentors - from Masterclasses, one-to-one meetings, to case studies, all of which helped our participants to develop their projects even more thoroughly.

During the DOK Industry/Co-Pro Market Award ceremony, the EWA Network (European Women's Audiovisual Network) 1,000-euro Talent Development Prize was awarded to Maka Gogaladze (Georgia) and her project Ever Since I Knew Myself. Cineuropa Marketing Prize was awarded to Lin Alluna (Denmark) for her project Twice Colonized. The jury for both prizes was Tamara Tatishvili (EWA Network), Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado), Brigid O'Shea (DOK Industry) and Vladan Petković (Cineuropa).

Film still from Lin Alluna's Twice Colonized

Film still from Maka Gogaladze's Ever Since I Knew Myself

The Development Prize for the Best Female Director worth 5,000-euro, awarded by Daniela Dieterich (Germany), Heejung Oh (South Korea) and Zane Balčus (Latvia), went to CIRCLE 2020 participant Fan Wu and her film project XiXi (Taiwan, Philippines). Additionally, a Special Mention went to Andra Popescu, 2018 CIRCLE alumna and director of Bright Future.

Film still from Fan Wu's XiXi

Find out even more bout DOK Leipzig industry awards by our partners Cineuropa on this link.

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is closing the 2020 with another strong and important partnership that will surely propel female-identifying authors for many years to come. New partnership with Eurimages is based on the outreach of CIRCLE’s initiative, as well as on its compliance with the quality standards and gender equality values of the Eurimages Fund.


Our CIRCLE 2019 participant Alina Gorlova (Ukraine), with her film The Rain Will Never Stop, will celebrate its World premiere in IDFA 2020 Competiton for First Appearance!

Also, our CIRCLE 2020 participant Efthymia Zymvragaki (Spain) is selected for IDFAcademy with her project A Sad and Vulgar Loner which she developed during this year’s CIRCLE!

Film still from Alina Gorlova's The Rain Will Never Stop

We would like to express our gratitude to all our faithful partners:

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