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Extended deadline for CIRCLE 2021 applications!

Submit your project until March 8 at!

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is looking for up to 12 women filmmakers (directors or producers) with a strong creative documentary project in any stage of production (from development to rough cut) who are seeking further support to upgrade their professional skills, develop their films with leading experts and bring them to the wider professional audience.

The program of CIRCLE 2021 features 3 tailor made sessions in 3 different countries*, focusing on different aspects of project development:

MODULE 01: 2-6 June 2021 (TBC), Montenegro

In-depth analysis of projects and creative development

MODULE 02: 22-26 September 2021 (TBC), Croatia

Creative development and project packaging

MODULE 03: January 2022 (dates TBA), Italy

Networking in the When East Meets West / Trieste Film Festival

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2021 may decide to adapt its program. The dates of the workshop might change and it could be partially or completely held online, during the announced time period (June 2021 - January 2022). Selected participants will be additionally informed about the program details.

In order to apply, please fill in the online form.

Please note that in order apply, you will need:

  • basic information about the applicant and project

  • portrait photo of applicant and contact details

  • logline

  • short synopsis

  • short treatment

  • film treatment (minimum 5 pages long)

  • motivational letter of applicant

  • short director’s and producer’s notes

  • short production company profile

  • financing plan & budget overview of the film

  • stills from your film

  • teaser or trailer (downloadable link)

  • link to the previous film(s) of the director

  • For films in production/postproduction: selected scenes or rough-cut up to 20 min (downloadable link)

We guarantee to keep the material you send to us strictly confidential and share it only with our selection committee for the selection purposes.

Timeline of application process:

  • Submission deadline: March 8, 2021

  • Announcements of the results: mid-April 2021

Participation fee is 3000€, it covers the pedagogical fee, accommodation and meals for all three modules. CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator may allocate up to two scholarships for participants in need.

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is organized by Wake Up Films in partnership with When East Meets West, EWA Network and Cineuropa and is supported by Eurimages (as part of its gender equality strategy), Film Centre of Montenegro, HAVC, Creative Europe Desk - MEDIA Office Serbia, Creative Europe Desk - MEDIA Office Montenegro, Creative Europe Desk Media Office - Croatia, Creative Europe Desk Media Office - Slovenia, City of Novi Sad, Marché du Film Cannes Doc, DAE, Underhill Fest, Cut-Up Production and Sekvenca Production.

If you have any questions, please write at

We are looking forward to reading your projects!

Good luck!


CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is a three module training program addressing female-identifying directors and producers who are developing their documentary projects of international potential in any stage of production and are seeking support to develop their films and further their professional skills. For those selected to participate, the year-round program offers a chance to work with leading experts and successful professionals - in order to improve their professional skills, analyze in depth their projects, dramaturgical challenges, production strategies, packaging and presenting the project to a wider audience, but also developing sustainable business models and connect to the global professional community.

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