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Julietta Sichel

Born on December 20th, 1974, Sichel is a Czech film producer and founder of 8Heads Productions, former long-term Program Director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, film theorist, historian and journalist.

Julietta Sichel studied German and English language and American literature at the University of Salzburg, Austria. After moving back home to Prague, she graduated from film history and theory at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. She collaborated with the University of Vienna and the Prague National Film Archive on the research connected with her PhD project.

In 1995, Julietta Sichel joined the programming team of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. From 2005 till 2010 she was the Festival’s Program Director, representing the Karlovy Vary IFF at numerous festivals around the world. She was a member of several international juries including Adelaide IFF (Jury President, 2011), Edinburgh, Miami, Brisbane, Oslo, Tallinn and Trondheim festivals, Sundance/NHK Filmmakers’ Award and the Jury of Canada’s Top Ten (organized by Toronto IFF).

Sichel curated numerous film retrospectives with special attention paid to Nordic, Russian and Asian films. For her long-time interest in the Korean cinema, Sichel received the prestigious Korean Cinema Award at the 16th Busan IFF 2011. The Award is annually bestowed to filmmakers who contribute to the advancement of Korean films in the international film industry.

In January 2010 she founded her own production company 8Heads Productions with the aim to produce quality films from arthouse to crossover in close creative collaboration between director, writer and producer. The company focuses mainly on projects with an international potential and on international coproductions.

Sichel met Croatian writer/director Pavo Marinković in 2010 at the Austrian national film festival Diagonale in Graz. They met again in Prague some one and a half year later and immediately decided to work together on Pavo’s new project, a feature-length documentary with the working tiltle The 27th Picture. They were lucky and things started rolling for them very quickly, the shooting started in January 2012 and a year later the film was completed. Before the shooting, Julietta knew Lordan Zafranović only through his work she had an opportunity to see during her studies of film history and she also knew his Czech film Vengeance Is Mine (starring her former boss, Jiří Bartoška) but never had a chance to meet Lordan in person. At the time when Lordan’s famous Occupation was made, Sichel was 3-4 years old.