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IEFTA and CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator - a promising collaboration


We couldn’t be happier to announce CIRCLE’s collaboration with IEFTA - the Monaco based non-governmental organisation founded with the purpose of discovering and developing film talent from emerging regions around the world.



In addition to contributive funding, IEFTA is also providing a travel scholarship for one of our

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2023 participants, Faezeh Nikoozad, to attend this year’s edition of our program, covering her flights for all three Modules.


IEFTA and CIRCLE are unified in their pursuits of establishing strong filmmaker networks, nurturing cultural diversity, promoting gender equality and helping talented artists to achieve their full potential. We are delighted to have the support of this pioneering organisation and are looking forward to all the possibilities of our partnership.


To find out more about what IEFTA has to offer, visit their website.



FAEZEH NIKOOZAD (DIRECTOR)



Faezeh Nikoozad is an Iranian filmmaker and video artist based in Hamburg, Germany. She

gained a BA and MA in Filmmaking at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK). Her work, which ranges from documentaries to experimental films and mixed media, cover a relatively wide spectrum of themes, including home, childhood memories and displacement. Faezeh’s short films have been presented and awarded at numerous international film festivals.


Portrait Of A Friendship

Three friends, three decisions and three perspectives on what home, migration and exile mean. The film tells the story of the Iranian filmmaker Faezeh and her two friends Narges and Hamideh. All three women have in common that they make films and come from Iran. Though they have very different experiences of what home means to them. Faezeh came to Germany in 2009 to study film. In the same year, her friend Narges also came to Germany. Because of the regime-critical implications of her film, she has not returned to Iran since. On the other hand, her other friend Hamideh has never been abroad. Faezeh is the only one who can see her two friends.


Today, after thirteen years of trying to be at home in both countries. She is now overcome by the feeling of being a stranger in both places. The film embarks on a passage between worlds. Into a transit space, neither here nor there. In one cosmos Hamideh in Iran, in the other Narges in Germany. And in a categorical in-between: the filmmaker Faezeh.

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