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CIRCLE project wins the biggest award at Cannes Docs / Marché du Film!

Dear friends and colleagues, The second year of our collaboration with Cannes Docs and Marché du Film, which was completed last Thursday, brought yet another milestone - we are thrilled to announce that the project Cent’anni, directed by CIRCLE 2020 alumnae Maja Doroteja Prelog, was awarded the biggest Docs-in-Progress award in partnership with IEFTA!

The jury consisted of Glenda Balucani, Stephan Riguet, and Joanna Solecka, awarded the Docs-in-Progress award to Cent’anni describing it as “a courageous step in an unknown journey that dives into a couple’s struggle through a fight for life and love, with a promising cinematic approach.” The project was presented as part of the Showcase CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator, and was one of altogether 32 projects in the Docs-in-Progress program.

The award consists of €10,000 cash prize and professional project follow-up, supported by IEFTA – The International Emerging Film Talent Association.

CENT'ANNI by Maja Doroteja Prelog

Developed within the framework of CIRCLE in 2020 (Cvinger Film, Slovenia)

Short synopsis:

Filmmaker Maja follows her partner Blaž, a leukaemia survivor who embarks on an extraordinary cycling journey to heal from a traumatic experience. What should have been a heroic journey became a battle for their relationship. CENT’ANNI is a personal confession about the impact of the illness on a relationship told from the perspective of a caregiver.

Maja Doroteja Prelog, director:

“‘Cent’anni’ is more than a film to me. It’s me. It’s my life,” Maja said at the awards ceremony by video call. “When I started on this project three years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure where it would take me. But I promised myself that no matter what would happen, I would always stay honest. And it turns out that this promise that I gave to myself was harder to keep, and more challenging than I thought it would be… It takes a lot of courage and heart. It’s really hard to do a personal film, because nobody can tell you what to do. You have to figure it out yourself. So this award is a confirmation for me that I’m on the right path.”

© Loic Thebaud / Marché du Film

Cent’anni is directed by Maja Doroteja Prelog (Slovenia), produced by Rok Biček (Cvinger Film, Slovenia), Alessandro Leone (Agresywna Banda, Poland), and Massimo Casula (Zena film, Italy).


Women Doc Filmmakers in the A-List Film Festival Circle Panel

As part of Cannes Docs / Doc Day 2021, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator had the honor to organise and host a panel around the theme Women Doc Filmmakers in the A-List Film Festival Circle. The invited panelists were Salomé Jashi (director/producer, Taming The Garden), Yaël Bitton (writer/editor, Invisible Demons, by Rahul Jain, Official Selection, Festival de Cannes 2021) and Paula Vaccaro (writer/producer, Sumercé, Uncle Howard), while Biljana Tutorov, program director of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator, moderated. Panelists discussed the female experience in the A-list festival circuit and caught the audience’s attention with their sincerity, generosity to share but also the integrity of their beliefs.

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