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CIRCLE Fiction Orbit - call for projects extended!

CIRCLE is extending the deadline to apply for CIRCLE Fiction Orbit, our training program dedicated to second or third time fiction filmmakers.

New deadline is July 18, 2024.


During the workshop, a carefully selected group of filmmakers will work with leading experts to advance their projects and identify their needs based on solidarity, knowledge exchange and a hands-on mentality. Selected participants will receive feedback on their script, legal aspects and production options, including the best strategic choices and psychological support during their creative process. 

We are looking for 10 women and gender-expansive (second or third-time) directors and producers with strong feature-film projects in development to apply for this initiative. The workshop will take place November 24-30 in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Directors can participate alone or together with the producer. Only projects with a producer attached are eligible. Both director and producer should have at least one feature film done.


  • To be a women or non-binary

  • To be screenwriter, director or producer

  • To have at least one feature film completed

  • Only projects with a producer attached are eligible

  • Directors can participate alone or together with their producer or screenwriter

FEE AND SCHOLARSHIP: The participation fee (1700€ per person) covers mentorship, accommodation and meals, as well as a variety of offers by our partners. 

​CIRCLE may allocate one scholarship (covering 50% of the tuition fee) for participants from low capacity countries in need.

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 our website:

ABOUT CIRCLE: CIRCLE is a unique international training programme and safe space for women and gender expansive filmmakers working both in documentary and fiction. Our flagship programme is Women Doc Accelerator, a year-round training initiative, open to documentary projects and professionals in all stages. In 2023 we launched Fiction Orbit, an intensive residential workshop dedicated to mid-career filmmakers developing scripted projects.

Among CIRCLE’s alumni are Ever Since I Knew Myself by Maka Gogaladze (world premiere at Visions du Réel 2024); Twice Colonized by Lin Alluna (world premiere Sundance 2023, opening film HotDocs and CPH:DOX 2023, Sheffield Docs 2023, ‘Ted Rogers’ Best Feature Length Documentary Award at Canadian Screen Awards 2024); XiXi by Fan Wu (world premiere at HotDocs 2024, winner of the Emerging International Filmmaker Award); La Singla by Paloma Zapata (opening film Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2023, HotDocs 2023 Official Selection, Audience Award and jury special mention at Docs Barcelona 2023, Málaga Film Festival, Ficci Festival, Krakow Film Festival, the Doxa Film Festival, Docs València and others); The Eclipse by Nataša Urban (winner DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX 2022, Special Mention International Competition - DokuFest Prizren, MakeDox Onion Award for Best Film, nominated for the European Film Award, DocLisboa, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, IDFA Best of Fests, Jihlava International Documentary Festivals and many others); Light Falls Vertical by Efthymia Zymvragaki (world Premiere at IDFA 2022, nominated for IDFA Best First Feature Award, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2023, Málaga Film Festival, DOK.fest München, Docs Barcelona and the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, TIDF - Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2024); and The Rain will Never Stop by Alina Gorlova (IDFA 2020 Award for Best First Appearance among others).

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