Deadline for submissions: June 18, 2023

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

CIRCLE is looking for 6-8 woman-identifying (second or third-time) directors with strong feature-film projects in development to apply for this new initiative.

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.

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.

The workshop is scheduled to take place at the end of 2023 in Montenegro.



In order to apply, visit the link on our website!


Timeline of application process:

The call is officially open!

Submission deadline: June 18, 2023

Announcements of the results: August 2023


Fee and Scholarship: 

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

CIRCLE may allocate one scholarship (covering 50% of the tuition fee) for participants from low capacity countries in need.

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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.


The 2023 edition of CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is supported by: Creative Europe – MEDIA and: WEMW Co-Pro Forum, Cannes Docs – Marché du Film, Documentary Association of Europe (DAE) Foundation, EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network, IEFTA, Greek Film CentreThessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Agora Docs, CED MEDIA Office Croatia, CED MEDIA Office Slovenia, Motovila, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Cineuropa, International Documentary Film Festival Beldocs and EURODOC