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CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator in Novi Sad (14-19 June)

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

The fifth edition of CIRCLE - Women Doc Accelerator kicks off with a lineup of ten new projects. The first Module is taking place in Novi Sad, Serbia from the 14th to the 19th of June, which will be followed by events in Croatia and Trieste's When East Meets West. Through these five years, CIRCLE has established itself as one of the leading platforms for the professional development of filmmakers in Europe. Among the partners hosting various segments of the program are When East Meets West in Trieste and Cannes Docs - Marché du Film.

For this year's edition, we hand picked ten participants to develop their projects in a protected and inspiring environment. Through three intense work sessions, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with reputable filmmakers and professionals in order to improve their projects and professional skills, but also to develop sustainable business models and make connections within the global documentary film network.

FINDING LA SINGLA by Paloma Zapata

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2022

La Fábrica Naranja (Barcelona)


Rachel Close / Director, Writer / ONE OF US / United Kingdom, Romania

Martha Bouziouri / Director / THE DAYS OF RIPE RASPBERRIES / Greece, France

Shirley Abraham / Director, Producer, Writer / UNTITLED / India

Vera Lacková / Director, Producer / VRAJITOARE / Slovakia , Austria, Czech Republic

Paloma Zapata / Director, Writer, Producer / FINDING LA SINGLA / Spain

Kristina Mikhailova / Director, Producer / RIVER DREAMS/ Kazakhstan

Polina Kelm / Director / THE ELF'S TOWER / Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands

Milica Djenić / Director / TALE OF THE PLUM SPIRIT / Serbia

Simona Jerala / Director, Writer / WHERE DO BUTTERFLIES SLEEP/ Slovenia

Sandra Enkvist / Producer / DARKNESS DISAPPEARING / Finland

The experts mentoring the work during the Module 01 are: producer and scriptwriter

Paula Vaccaro (UK), director and producer Diana El Jeiroudi (Syria / Germany), marketing and publicity strategist Joanna Solecka (Poland), senior editor Phil Jandaly

(Syria / Sweden), industry expert and head of Documentary Association of Europe

Brigid O’Shea (Australia / Germany)

CIRCLE 2022 / Module 01 / Open Program

"REPUBLIC OF SILENCE" by Diana El Jeiroudi (2021)

FILM SCREENING In partnership with Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, International Documentary Film Festival Beldocs and L’Institut Français in Serbia.

16 June 2022, 19:00 PM (CET)

REPUBLIC OF SILENCE (2021) dir. Diana El Jeiroudi

Cinema hall of the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, Katolička porta 5.

Film screening and Q&A with the directress, Diana El Jeiroudi.

SYNOPSIS: Republic of Silence bears witness to a tragedy on an epic scale, accompanied by an ever-expanding mosaic of fragile, deeply embedded moments from Diana El Jeiroudi’s life, beginning with the memory from the age of seven when her father gives her a camera, right up to the present day. An orderly life in Berlin competes with a life in Damascus, which is ravaged by war.

“I am not mute, but silent. I don't see, but I am not blind.”



Place: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad - Serbia

16. jun 2022.

15:00 - 16:30

PANEL: Writing for a documentary

Paula Vaccaro, Diana El Jeiroudi, Biljana Tutorov

17. jun 2022.

09:00 - 10:30

“Republic of Silence - On the Creative Process with Diana El Jeiroudi

10:45 - 13:00

Filmmaking for a more equal world - Paula Vaccaro

18. jun 2022.

9:30 - 10:30

Strategic planing for a healthy production - Brigid O'Shea

10:45 - 13:15

Making a powerful fundraising piece - Phil Jandaly

Masterclass programs will be held in English. Additional information and reservations:

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