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CIRCLE 2023 kicks off Module 02 in Novi Sad

After a promising start at Evia Island in June and the wonderful cooperation with Evia Film Project and Agora Docs, the CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2023 cohort continues this year's journey. Our next stop - Novi Sad, the very birthplace of our initiative. We gladly return to the town where CIRCLE was conceived and continue our work in the secluded spaces of the Petrovaradin Fortress.

During the following days (September 18 - 23), our group will enter the next phase of the development of their projects, with a special focus on building captivating trailers, wdevising marketing and production strategies, as well as learning about the importance of research in documentary filmmaking. Joining us is a team of esteemed mentors and experts: Diana El Jeiroudi, award winning director and producer based in Berlin; Brigid O'Shea - industry expert and co-director of DAE, Joanna Solecka - expert from marketing agency Alphapanda, Charline Branger - editor and founder of CATLIKE; Rachel Leah Jones - award winning director and producer and Marija Zidar - director and journalist.

As is customary, CIRCLE is also organising an open part of the program, consisting of masterclasses by our experts as well as a case study and film screening in cooperation with the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad.


Still from Advocate (2019), directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Phillipe Bellaïche

CIRCLE is happy to welcome filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones for an open screening of her award-winning film, ADVOCATE. There will be a public discussion after the film and a case study as part of the CIRCLE programe.


20 September 20:00 PM (CET)

ADVOCATE (2019), dir. Rachel Leah Jones, Phillipe Bellaïche

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad

Film screening and conversation with the director.


Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits. As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she's more than an attorney, she’s an advocate.



Born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and raised between Berkeley and Tel Aviv, Jones is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on Israel/Palestine. She has a BA in Race, Class and Gender Studies and an MFA in Documentary Media Arts. Her directing credits include: 500DUNAM ON THE MOON (2002) commissioned by France Channel 2; ASHKENAZ (2007) commissioned by Israel Channel 8; TARGETED CITIZEN (2010) commissioned by Adalah: the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and GYPSY DAVY (2012) commissioned by Israel Channel 8 (Sundance 2012). In addition to making her own films, Jones has produced extensively with others, e.g. WALL by Simone Bitton (Cannes 2004; Special Jury Prize Sundance 2005) and has been affiliated with progressive media outlets such as DEMOCRACY NOW! in New York. WikipediaIMDb


In addition to the film screening, two masterclasses for the professional public will be held at the Petrovardin Fortress, in the congress hall of Hotel Leopold.

September 21. 9:30 - 11:30 "Advocate: A case study"

Rachel Leah Jones

Director Rachel Leah Jones describes the process of making her film, the challenges she faced on her creative journey and the importance of politically engaged documentaries in the contemporary landscape of documentary film.

September 22. 9:30 - 11:30 "The invaluable power of research in documentary film" Marija Zidar

Slovenian director and journalist Marija Zidar will touch on the importance of research as a key phase in the conceptualization of a documentary film, referring, among other things, to her long-term journalistic experience as well as the work process behind her award-winning film "Reconciliation".

The masterclass lectures will be held in English. To participate, apply via email to

While the CIRCLE projects will continue their development online through the end of the year, you will have the opportunity to meet the participants during When East Meets West in Trieste.

See you in Trieste in January 2024 for Module 03!

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