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July 27, 2022

Great News about GameGirl

Our fantasy adventure for children GameGirl has two reasons to celebrate: the project was supported by Creative Europe MEDIA and selected for International co-production forum Kids Kino Industry!

The project, written by Hana Cielová, to be directed by Croatian award-winning director Marina Andree Škop, has already been supported by the Czech...

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March 2, 2022

War Veterans to premiere at One World IFF 2022

We are really thrilled that right after its completion, our feature-length documentary The War Veterans was selected for the famous One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival that will take place from March 21st till April 3rd across the Czech Republic.

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February 7, 2022

Ice Crack – We Started Shooting!

Our long-anticipated short film Ice Crack went into production today, on February 7th, 2022! The film brings on screen a story of a teenager Alex, the only girl in a boys' ice hockey club. A story of fight for identity. Rebellion. Love. Daughter-father relationship.

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January 4, 2022

GameGirl Becomes Part of Kids Kino Lab 2022

Our new project GameGirl, written by Hana Cielová, to be directed by Croatian award-winning director Marina Andree Škop, was selected for prestigious script development workshop Kids Kino Lab aimed at developing feature-length films and series for children and youth.

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September 11, 2021

Beijing IFF Selects The Pack for Forward Future Competition

We are really excited that after festivals in countries like South Korea, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and others, The Pack will also be screened at the most important Chinese film festival. 11th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) will take place from September 21 to September 29, 2021.

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August 6, 2021

Julietta Sichel Selected for Producers LINK 2021

Two prestigious platforms, Cinekid Professionals and Kids Kino Industry launched a new programme for producers of Youth and Children films. The aim of the programme is to stimulate the production of top-quality content for young audience and to support co-productions.

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August 5, 2021

Lame-os to Premiere at Zlin IFF

What do boys really want is a question asked by three friends in a teenage comedy Lame-os by debuting writer/director Marta Elina Martinsone.

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August 4, 2021

Ice Crack to be Shot in Winter 2022

Our short film Ice Crack by talented Elvira Dulskaia has been supported by the Czech Film Fund, South Moravian Film Fund and Czech Producers' Association APA. We are about to close the financing and ready to shoot in Brno, South Moravia, during the upcoming winter.

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November 15, 2020

Two of the Latvian National Film Awards Go to the Czech Republic

The Big Christopher, i. e. Lielais Kristaps, the highest award in Latvian cinema, went to the Czech Actress Brigita Cmuntová for Best Supporting Role in the film The Sign Painter, while Best Sound Award was presented to Czechs Ludvík K. Bohadlo and Robert Slezák for the same movie.

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October 23, 2020

Two of 8Heads Productions' Newest Titles to Compete at Tallinn Black Nights IFF

Our teen drama The Pack, a Czech-Slovak-Latvian coproduction directed by Tomáš Polenský, and The Sign Painter (City on the River), Latvian-Czech-Lithuanian comedy-drama by Viestur Kairish, will both be fighting for awards at the upcoming Black Nights Film Festival, also known as PÖFF.

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October 9, 2020

The Sign Painter (City on the River) Leeds Latvian Film Prize Nominations

Latvian – Czech - Lithuanian co-production film The Sign Painter (aka City on the River) directed by Viestur Kairish, which was released in Latvia in the beginning of this year and was very popular among local audiences, has now been appreciated also by film professionals.

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September 10, 2020

The Pack Awarded in Zlín

Special recognition of the international Jury went to the actors portraying ice-hockey players in the Wolves team in our film The Pack.

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June 15, 2020

Korea Will Again Host The Pack

Following successful presentation of The Pack in 2018 as the first Czech project presented at Busan's APM, the completed film will be shown in Korean cinemas. We are happy to announce that 15th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival (BIKY 2020, http://www. biky. or.

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June 1, 2020

The Pack to Premiere at Zlín IFF

The 60th Zlín International Film Festival (4th-10th September, 2020), to be held this year exceptionally in early autumn, has announced its program, including the presentation of The Pack in the main competition.

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December 9, 2019

Slovaks Join The Pack!

The results of the call of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund for minority coproductions have been announced and it is with great pleasure that we can now officially be a Czech-Slovak-Latvian coproduction! 

The Pack produced by 8Heads Productions (CZ) and coproduced by Furia Film (SK) and Ego Media (LV) became the only...

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October 18, 2019

My Father the Spy at Ji.hlava International Docs Film Festival

After its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this summer, our amazing documetary My Father the Spy by Jaak Kilmi and Gints Grube is heading towards the most important event in documentary cinema in CZ. The film will be screened on Saturday, October 26th at 18.

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August 29, 2019

The Pack: Last Shooting Day and Upcoming Markets

The last shooting day took place in Zlín on August 25th, 2019. The film is now already in the editing room in Bratislava, Slovakia. The principal photography of The Pack by debuting director Tomáš Polenský is now over.

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August 13, 2019

The Pack: Legendary Goalie Appears as Cameo

Dominik Hašek, the best goaltender in the history of Czech ice-hockey, two-time Stanley Cup champion, Winter Olympics Gold Medal winner, joined the shooting of The Pack. The shooting of teen-drama The Pack entered its second half.

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July 24, 2019

LevelK Boards The Pack. First shooting day: 24th of July 2019

Copenhagen-based LevelK has acquired world sales rights for Czech-Latvian teen drama The Pack. The first shooting day took place on July 24th in Zlín, Czech Republic.

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May 22, 2019

My Father the Spy in Official Selection of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Feature-length documentary My Father the Spy directed by Jaak Kilmi and Gints Grube, produced by Mistrus Media (Latvia), Kick Film (Germany), 8Heads Productions (Czech Rep. ) and Pimik (Estonia) will celebrate its World Premiere at the upcoming Sheffield International Film Festival of Documentary Films (6-11 June 2019).

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November 22, 2018

MEDIA and Czech Film Fund Support The Pack!

After successful presentations at Busan's Asia Project Market and Riga IFF Forum this autumn, and at Czech Springboard last April, The Pack has another reason to celebrate.

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October 11, 2018

Hottest News on The Pack

Our project The Pack by debuting director Tomáš Polenský was selected for Riga IFF Forum while its successful presentation at Busan's Asia Project Market was captured in the Variety magazine.

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October 10, 2018

Black Mill Supported by the Czech Film Fund

The Czech Film Fund published the results of the minority coproductions call on October 10th, 2018 and it is with great pleasure that we can announce the support of our Polish/Czech youth fantasy feature Black Mill by Mariusz Palej.

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September 4, 2018

Festival Premiere of The Cellar by Igor Voloshin

Our highly anticipated film The Cellar by Igor Voloshin, a coproduction of Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia, will celebrate its International Premiere at the World Cinema Section of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (4. -13. October 2018).

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August 1, 2018

The Pack Will Travel to Busan!

Our project The Pack, supported by the Czech Film Fund, Zlín Regional Film Fund and National Film Center of Latvia, was selected for the Asian Project Market (APM) of the Busan International Film Festival.

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April 5, 2018

The Pack Selected for Czech Springboard

The Pack by Tomáš Polenský, our very ambitious debut project in development, was selected for Czech Springboard - Pitching & Round Tables which will take place from April 21-23,2018 in the framework of the industry program of Plzeň Finále Film Festival.

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February 27, 2018

New Feature by Viestur Kairish - City on the River

Director of the award-winning Chronicles of Melanie, Viestur Kairish, began shooting his new feature City on the River co-produced by 8Heads Productions. The company already co-produced the previous film by Kairish which became the most watched film in Latvia in 2016 and was Latvian Oscar entry.

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January 27, 2018

8 Heads of Madness Wins Czech Film Critics' Award

On Saturday, January the 27th, 2018, the film produced by our company, 8Heads of Madness, won the Czech Film Critics' Award for Best Artistic Achievement. The Award went to Anna Krtičková and Marta Nováková.

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January 11, 2018

Ministry of Love Became a Victim of Censorship

The scandal is growing bigger and bigger among the Croatian media: Croatian-Czech Eurimages supported coproduction Ministry of Love by Pavo Marinković, which was shown at more than 30 international film festivals worldwide, was removed from the program of Croatian main broadcaster, HRT.

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November 14, 2017

The Chronicles of Melanie Won Most of the Top Prizes at Latvian Film Awards

Latvian-Czech-Finnish coproduction, The Chronicles of Melanie, which became the most watched film in Latvia in 2016, carried off most of the top prizes at Latvia's most prestigious film awards, so called Lielais Kristaps National Cinema Awards during the ceremony held on the 13th of November in Riga.

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September 25, 2017

8HP at Yakutsk IFF

Yakutsk has a reputation of the coldest city on earth but what is almost as fascinating is its film industry.  Yakut low budget movies are a phenomenon which quite recently became noticed also on the international level.

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August 30, 2017

Igor Voloshin Came for Postproduction of The Cellar to Prague

The Cellar, new feature by well-known Russian director Igor Voloshin starring Jean-Marc Barr, finished shooting on June 26th, 2017. Igor immediately started to work on the editing, which is to be finished till the end of September.

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August 28, 2017

Marinković and Sichel Are Working on a New Project

Beautiful Croatian island Vis became a place of recent meeting of writer/director Pavo Marinković and producer Julietta Sichel.

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August 27, 2017

8 Heads of Madness To Be Released in Czech Cinemas This Autumn!

Long anticipated feature 8 Heads of Madness by writer/director Marta Nováková will soon enter Czech cinemas. The Czech distribution premiere is planned for October 12th, 2017, the Czech and Slovak distributor is Bontonfilm.

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April 28, 2017

Jean-Marc Barr Will Star in The Cellar

World-famous French actor, Jean-Marc Barr, known from Luc Besson´s The Big Blue or from several films by Lars von Trier including Europa, will play the lead in the new film The Cellar by Igor Voloshin. First shooting day is set for May 8th, 2017.

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March 7, 2017

Czech Premieres of Chronicles of Melanie and Ministry of Love

Our two successful international co-productions, Latvian-Czech-Finnish film Chronicles of Melanie, which became the most watched film in Latvian cinemas in 2016, and sophisticated Croatian-Czech comedy, Ministry of Love, will both celebrate their Czech Premieres at the film festival Days of European Film, which will take place in Prague from April 6...

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November 7, 2016

8Heads Productions Will Co-produce New Feature by Igor Voloshin

One of the most talented and remarkable European directors, Igor Voloshin, will direct The Cellar, fiction feature co-produced by Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia. The film is set in a small Slovak village, with principal photography starting in May 2017.

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November 3, 2016

Chronicles of Melanie – the Biggest Event in the History of Modern Latvian Cinema

After a lot of work and struggle, our beautiful coproduction Chronicles of Melanie celebrated its World Premiere on November the 1st.

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November 2, 2016

Ministry of Love Opens in Croatian Cinemas

Following several successful festival screenings abroad, our coproduction Ministry of Love by Pavo Marinković, had its premiere in Croatian cinemas. The premiere took place in Zagreb on October 31st. The previous and upcoming festivals include Montreal, Chicago, Pula, Zadar, Portorož, Raindance London, Arras, Kerala and others.

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August 16, 2016

Montreal WFF Will Screen Ministry of Love in World Greats Section

After a successful national premiere on July 11th  at Pula Film Festival, our Croatian-Czech feature film, Ministry of Love by Pavo Marinković, will have its international premiere in the World Greats section of Montreal World Film Festival.

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April 1, 2016

People from Nowhere: Pre-Production Meeting in Riga

Part of the Czech team of the feature-length creative documentary People from Nowhere left for Riga. The team includes costume designer Renata Janoušková, make-up artist Eva Ungrová and producer Julietta Sichel. See the photos in the gallery and watch the film’s trailer.

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March 18, 2016

New Trailer - Ministry of Love

After many days in the editing room, our brilliant editor, Dubi Slunjski, and writer/director, Pavo Marinković, came up with the new trailer, which our World Sales, Starline Entertainment, totally loves.

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March 7, 2016

People from Nowhere Supported by Five Funds

Our new film, Latvian/Czech/Estonian personal story from the daughter of Cold War double agent, entitled People from Nowhere, was so far supported by five funds.

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December 29, 2015

The Instrument of War Crowdfunded !

The crowdfunding campaign for the documentary Instrument of War by Tomáš Hoffmann Polenský that was running during the months of October and November has finished successfully! The project backed by social media and small advertisement campaign was ranked 6th as the raised money is concerned in the group of film...

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September 8, 2015

Czech Fund Loves our Chronicles of Melanie!

The Czech State Cinema Fund ranked our Latvian/Czech/Finnish coproduction, Chronicles of Melanie by Viestur Kairish, No. 1 among the 17 submitted minority coproduction projects.

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August 3, 2015

Too Close Selected for Midpoint

Our new project Too Close by talented debuting writer/director and recent FAMU graduate, Tomáš Hoffmann Polenský, was selected for the prestigious Workshop of the Central European Script Center Midpoint.

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July 16, 2015

Ministry of Love - Pics from the Shooting

See the latest pictures from the set of our Croatian/Czech coproduction Ministry of Love directed by Pavo Marinković. The shooting takes place from July 2nd till August 12th, 2015 in Croatian locations of Šibenik, Drniš and Zagreb.

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June 23, 2015

Ministry of Love Supported by the Eurimages

European Cinema Support Fund, known as the Eurimages, at its 139th meeting held from 15 to 19 June 2015 in Prague decided to support 27 feature films, 1 animation film and 3 documentaries.

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January 11, 2015

Terezin Gravediggers - Location Scouting in Budapest

Our feature-length documentary with animations, The Terezin Gravediggers, supported by the Czech State Cinema Fund for script development, enters a new phase. Two authors of the film, Olga Strusková and Pavel Koutský, were location scouting and looking for archive materials in Budapest, Hungary. The script development is currently completed.

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November 14, 2014

We Were Looking for New Films at Mannheim Meetings

Julietta Sichel attended Mannheim Meeting Place from November 10th to 13th as one of the minority producers working with MMP. 8Heads Productions was looking for new coproduction opportunities and in the end took serious interest in two of the presented projects.

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October 8, 2014

8Heads Productions Presented Its Projects at the SPIMF Co-production Market

A brand new event, St. Petersburg International Media Forum, which was introduced this year during the Cannes Film Festival, includes a Co-production Market, which hopes to become an important hub of cultural dialogue and networking for international film industry.

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September 3, 2014

Czech Film Fund Supports the Script of The Terezin Gravediggers

Our wonderful feature-length documentary with animations, The Terezin Gravediggers, received development support from the Czech State Cinema Fund. Authors Olga Strusková and Pavel Koutský should present the final version of the script till the beginning of 2015.

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June 26, 2014

8 Heads of Madness Selected for the Works in Progress of the Karlovy Vary IFF

We are pleased that our long anticipated feature by writer/director Marta Nováková, starring Czech star singer Aneta Langerová, was selected for the prestigious Works in Progress event of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF.

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February 18, 2013

Aneta Langerová stars in 8 Heads of Madness

"I do believe that Marta, the director, knows what she is doing and I pray that it ends well and that I don’t spoil the film", says Aneta Langerová, one of the best Czech singers on her film debut.

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November 17, 2012

Czech TV to Coproduce The 27th Picture

We are happy to announce that Czech TV joins the film The 27th Picture as a coproducer. The adventurous feature documentary directed by Croatian filmmaker Pavo Marinkovic is currently in postproduction, which will now partly take place also at Czech TV.

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November 17, 2012

8 Heads of Madness - We Started Shooting!

Today, the first shooting day of the long awaited feature film from the Gulag camps 8 Heads of Madness by talented writer/director Marta Nováková, took place.

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March 27, 2012

Postproduction of The 27th Picture started

Director Pavo Marinković and award-winning Croatian editor Dubravko Slunjski are now working in their editing room in Zagreb on the feature documentary The 27th Picture.

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March 27, 2012

More news about The 27th Picture

We are happy to share with you some photos taken during the Prague shooting of The 27th Picture produced by 8Heads Productions and Mitropa.

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February 14, 2012

The 27th Picture receives financial support from the Czech State Fund

The adventurous political documentary The 27th Picture by Croatian writer/director Pavo Marinković received 1 mil CZK (approx. 40. 000 EUR) from the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinema. The film is being produced by 8Heads Productions, Prague, and Zagreb-based company Mitropa.

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February 8, 2012

The 27th Picture selected for the Project Market of the East Doc Platform

We are delighted that the documentary The 27th Picture by Pavo Marinković produced by 8Heads Productions and Mitropa was selected for the East Doc Platform, an umbrella industry event dedicated to East European documentary films that will take place in March 2012 in Prague.

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January 27, 2012

The 27th Picture - we started shooting!

8Heads Productions and Mitropa are happy to announce the official beginning of the shooting of Pavo Marinković's adventurous political documentary The 27th Picture. The first shooting day took place at Zagreb Zoo.

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November 21, 2011

8Heads Productions to produce The 27th Picture by Pavo Marinković

We are happy to announce the beginning of collaboration with acclaimed Croatian director Pavo Marinković. 8Heads Productions will be producing together with Zagreb-based company Mitropa Pavo's latest film The 27th Picture. The documentary will be a Croatian-Czech coproduction with principal photography starting at the beginning of 2012.

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October 24, 2011

8 Heads of Madness receives additional financial support from the Czech State Fund

The project 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness received 2 million CZK (approx. 81. 000 EUR) as an additional financial support from the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography. In total, the Fund supported the project till today with 7 million CZK (approx.

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October 12, 2011

8 Heads of Madness selected for the Kiev IFF Boat Meeting Co-production Forum 2011

We are happy to announce that the project 8 Heads of Madness by writer/director Marta Nováková, to be produced by Julietta Sichel, was chosen for an international co-production market, the Boat Meeting, which traditionally takes place within the 41th Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist during October 24th-27th. http://www. molodist.

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October 10, 2011

8 Heads of Madness mentioned in the Korean press

Latest press coverage: 8 Heads of Madness mentioned in the Korean press, including the biggest English-language daily Korea Times

The producer of 8 Heads of Madness, Julietta Sichel, was honored with the Korean Cinema Award, which is annually bestowed to filmmakers who contribute to the advancement of Korean films in the...

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August 31, 2011

Czech TV becomes a coproducer of 8 Heads of Madness

8Heads Productions is delighted that Czech Television, www. ceskatelevize. cz, the main coproducer of Czech films, has decided to join one of the artistically most ambitious projects of the last years, Marta Nováková´s 8Heads of Madness, and becomes the film´s official coproducer.

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June 20, 2011

Bontonfilm to distribute 8 Heads of Madness in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

8Heads Productions signed a contract today with the leading local distributor Bontonfilm, www. bontonfilm. cz, who will be in charge of the theatrical release of Marta Nováková´s 8 Heads of Madness in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

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May 20, 2011

8Heads Productions to produce Stalin´s Railroad

8Heads Productions announces the start of collaboration with a talented journalist, writer and photographer Štěpán Černoušek on his unique documentary film on to a wider public completely unknown megalomaniac construction – a railroad built by political Gulag prisoners during Stalin´s regime.

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February 20, 2011

Swedish Coproduction Partner

8Heads Productions is happy to announce the start of collaboration with Swedish producer Freddy Olsson of Bokomotiv, Stockholm, www. bokomotiv. se, on the new feature by writer/director Marta Nováková entitled 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness.

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September 27, 2010

Baltic Event Co-production Market

8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness selected for the Baltic Event Co-production Market! The project was chosen as one of 12 original works from the latest members of the European Union, Russia and Scandinavia to be presented in Tallinn, Estonia from December 1-3, 2010.

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September 27, 2010

8 Heads of Madness received 5 million CZK financial support

The feature 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness received 5 million CZK (approx 203. 000 EUR) from the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography.

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June 26, 2010

Variety - Focus on Czech Republic

Latest comments in the press: Variety - Focus on Czech Republic - foreign incentives poised for action. . .

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May 23, 2010

New Czech films at the Finále Plzeň Film Festival

New film by Marta Nováková 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness was presented by its writer/director and by its producer, Julietta Sichel, at the panel dedicated to new Czech films at the Finále Plzeň Film Festival.

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May 5, 2010

German coproduction partner

8Heads Productions is happy to announce the start of collaboration with German producer Wolfgang Bergman of LICHTFILM, Köln, www. lichtfilm. de, on the new feature by writer/director Marta Nováková entitled 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness

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April 16, 2010

Czech Film Center Panel

The feature 8 Heads of Madness is selected by Czech Film Center as one of the projects to be presented at the upcoming panel of new Czech films organized within the frame-work of Finále Plzeň Film Festival. more »

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October 1, 2009

8 Heads of Madness - the first draft of the script

The first draft of the script of new feature film 8 Heads of Madness, written by Marta Nováková and Julietta Sichel, and to be directed by Marta Nováková is now finished.

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August 1, 2009

The first location scouting

The first location scouting for the new feature 8 Heads of Madness to be directed by Marta Nováková takes place in Siberia within the frame-work of an expedition "Following the traces of Stalin’s ‘Death Road’“ (http://www. gulag503. blogspot. com).

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May 19, 2009

8 Heads of Madness receives financial support for script development

Based on a synopsis written by Marta Nováková, Radka Bzonková and Julietta Sichel, the project 8 hlav šílenství / 8 Heads of Madness receives financial support for script development from the Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography.

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