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CIRCLE Fiction Orbit

Updated: May 29, 2023

Are you a woman-identifying director working on your second or third feature film?

If so, apply for CIRCLE Fiction Orbit, our new intensive lab from the creators of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator.

The call for projects is open!

In order to apply, please fill out the online form!

Timeline of application process:

Call opens: May 18, 2023

Submission deadline: June 18, 2023

Announcements of the results: August 2023

Details below.

CIRCLE Fiction Orbit (November 2023, Montenegro)

After five successful years of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator, CIRCLE is expanding and launching its first Fiction Orbit.

CIRCLE Fiction Orbit is an intensive one week workshop open to women-identifying directors, who are developing their second or third fiction feature films. A carefully selected group will work with leading experts in order to identify their needs when developing their projects. All participants will receive feedback on their script, legal aspects and production options, including best strategic choices as well as psychological support during their creative process.

We are looking for 6-8 woman-identifying (second or third-time) directors and producers with strong feature-film projects in development.

CIRCLE fosters project development, but also strongly focuses on knowledge-sharing and building professional skills, by connecting participants of the programme with the rest of the film industry and giving them access to world-renowned mentors.


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.

Fee and Scholarship:

The participation fee (1600€ per person) covers mentorship, accommodation and meals, as well as a variety of offers by our partners.

CIRCLE may allocate up to two scholarships (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:


Since 2018, CIRCLE has supported more than 50 women-identifying directors and producers through our documentary workshop - CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator. Films developed in the Accelerator framework have gone on to achieve great success, launching the careers of their authors and making a mark on the international festival circuit. Some notable examples include Twice Colonized by Lin Alluna (World premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2023, opening film for CPH:DOX and HotDocs 2023), The Eclipse by Nataša Urban (Main DOX:Award for Best International Feature Documentary at CPH:DOX 2022, Special Mention International Competition at DokuFest Prizren 2022, Makedox Onion Award For Best Film, nominated for European Film Award) and This Rain Will Never Stop by Alina Gorlova (IDFA First Appearance Award, 2020). Other CIRCLE droughts were shown at a wide range of festivals, including DokLeipzig, Festival dei Popoli, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Sheffield Docs, Götteburg Film Festival, Nordisk Panorama, DocsLisboa, Sarajevo Film Festival and many others.

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