Apply until February 28, 2021!



CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2021 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

The first module is focused on creative development through an intense in-depth analysis of the projects with expert script writers and producers aiming to reach a new perception of each project, improve the content and their overall potential. A carefully and à la carte curated program consists of group work, exclusive case studies and one-to-one meetings with successful directors, inspiring producers and other film professionals. All experts are invited considering the concrete needs of up to twelve projects.

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

Project packaging 

Besides further creative development of the projects, the second module is dedicated to building up tailor-made production and communication strategies with help of leading experts specialized in packaging and marketing in order to raise international visibility and financing potential. Main focus is on strategic planning, communication, marketing and distribution strategies.

Module 03: January 2022 (dates TBA), Italy

Networking in the When East Meets West / Trieste Film Festival

The third module offers an additional introduction to current tendencies, tools and insights into documentary filmmaking through the WEMW tailor-made industry program. The highlight is on networking and presentation of the participants and projects to the potential partners and decision makers during the WEMW.


*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 which is on this site:!

Timeline of application process:


  • Submission deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Announcements of the results: beginning of April 2021


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


Selected participants will be eligible for three awards:

  • Syndicado Film Sales award
  • EWA Network – Women’s Talent Development Award
  • Cineuropa Marketing Prize


CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2021 is organized by Wake Up Films in partnership with When East Meets West, EWA Network, Syndicado Film Sales, Cineuropa, and supported by Eurimages (as part of its gender equality strategy), Film Centre of Montenegro, Croatian Audiovisual Center (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 project proposals!

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.


For more information about the program, previous editions, participants and experts, interviews with our CIRCLE alumnae and more, please visit our site!


CIRCLE is supported by Eurimages as part of its gender equality strategy.




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