CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator / Module 2

Call for entries for the second open module of the CIRCLE Women Doc Accelator MASTERCLASS PROGRAM, which is organized in cooperation with the MEDIA Desks of Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, is open.

Applications should be sent to: (with an indication of which master class you are applying for). All masterclass programs are open and will be held in English.

24.8.2020 14:00 (CET)

Aleksandar Govedarica, Sales agent, producer and consultant (Syndicado Film Sales, Canada)


What are the realistic expectations that filmmakers should have regarding world sales? What will the cinema space of the future look like?

Aleksandar Govedarica was born in 1987 in Sarajevo. Aleksandar is a graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. He produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking including directing. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar now runs the Toronto based world sales agent Syndicado.


25. 8. 2020. 11:00 PM (CET)

Elsa Kremser, director and producer (Austria)


Projection and case study


Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.

Born 1985 in Austria, Elsa Kremser studied Film at the University of Vienna and the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. As an author and producer, she realized several documentaries that were shown worldwide. Her diploma film NEBEL premiered at the Berlinale. She was a jury member of Visions du Réel and several other film festivals and participated in the Nipkow Grand and the EuroDoc program. In 2016 she founded the Vienna-based production company RAUMZEITFILM together with Levin Peter. As a directing duo, they are currently working on their first fiction feature, THE GREEN PARROT, which received the Berlinale Kompagnon Script Award. Their recent documentary SPACE DOGS premiered at Locarno IFF where it received two special jury mentions. It was presented at over 50 festivals worldwide and awarded as the “Best Austrian Film” at the Viennale.


26.08.2020. 12:30 PM (CET)

Erick Stoll, award winning filmmaker and cinematographer (USA)


Film projection and talk with the filmmaker


A young circus artist is forced to return home when his 93-year-old grandmother falls from her bed, causing his father to be jailed under accusations of elder neglect.

Erick Stoll is a non-fiction filmmaker and cinematographer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Working across diverse documentary forms, their work has focused on gentrification, gendered labor, and left and right populist movements. Erick co-directed the feature documentary América, which was nominated for the Peabody and Independent Spirit awards. They were cinematographer on the Academy Award winning feature documentary American Factory, among others.


 28. 8. 2020. 13:00 PM (CET)

Joanna Solecka, publicity and marketing strategist (Poland)


Joanna Solecka is a film marketing & social media strategist with over 15 years of experience. Head of Alphapanda Warsaw – a Polish division of an international film marketing agency specialized in digital campaigns for films. Formerly Head of PR, Festivals and Sales Department at Wajda Studio & School. Additionally, Joanna works as a film marketing and audience design tutor for training programs such as Torino Film Lab Dok.Incubator or Circle – Women Doc Accelerator. What she is most passionate about film marketing nowadays is the strategic approach to build different audiences for films at an early stage. Being a mother of three daughters, she recently enjoys a lot working with family and young audience films.


1.9. 2020. 13:00 PM (CET)

Phil Jandaly, senior editor& consultant (Canada, Sweden)


Choosing and building effective fundraising tools for documentary development

Phil Jandaly has been an editor for the last 20 years, starting in fiction before firmly landing in documentaries. Part of award-winning international productions such as Prison Sisters, Killing Time, and I am Samuel, he also works as a rough-cut consultant and has been part of the films Liberation Day, Home Games, How Big is the Galaxy, and more. Working out of Sweden, his projects have originated in places as far afield as Serbia, Kenya, France, Russia, and beyond. He has travelled the world as a tutor with EDN, B2B Doc, and independently, helping filmmakers develop their projects and giving master classes on pitch pilot trailers, the craft of storytelling through scripting and editing, and the genius of sticky notes. Phil blogs about documentaries and technology on his Storysmith blog, and hopes to one day bike across Europe .


CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator 2020 is organized by Wake Up Films (Novi Sad), Sekvenca (Zagreb) and Cut Up (Podgorica) in partnership with DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market, EWA European Audiovisual Network, Film Centre of Montenegro, Underhill Fest Montenegro, HAVC Croatian Audiovisual Centre, MEDIA Desk Serbia, MEDIA Desk Montenegro, MEDIA Desk Croatia, MEDIA Desk Slovenia and City of Novi Sad. OSTALI PARTNERI:  Cineuropa, DAE Documentary Association of Europe, East Doc Platform, Foundation.


Cineuropa, DAE Documentary Association of Europe, East Doc Platform, Foundation Petrović Njegoš, KomunikArt, PulsArt.