ABOUT US

PRODUCTION

888 films is a production company stationed in Los Angeles and Novi Sad, Serbia that produces original content for both US and European market, while they are offering high quality service production for large scale and independent production projects that want their film shot in Serbia.

We produce projects that have a social impact and were rewarded with the Award for Social Activism in Film and are attendees of Cinema for Peace Foundation’s events, along with people like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali and the former Honorary Patron Nelson Mandela. In Europe, our projects were part of IDFA Academy, Beldocs, DOC Lisboa, Docudays UA, Sarajevo Film Festival and many others.




In service production, we help independent producers and companies produce their films in Serbia, while maintaining and overseeding their desired quality for a best price they can get. 888 Films centers on bringing the international production of media platforms to Serbia and Montenegro to enjoy a seventy percent cost-reduction and favorable tax incentives.
888 Films embarked on its business model by enjoying the success of its own franchise films, AMERICAN ADDICT and THE BIG LIE: AMERICAN ADDICT 2, where the films used their post-production facilities in Serbia and Montenegro. As part of their business model, 888 Films seeks to attract foreign partnerships to help achieve success while adhering to its standard of high-quality at low-cost business model.

WHO ARE WE?
Ana Renovica is a film producer and founder of 888 Films in Serbia. Renovica is a Film production graduate of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She is in charge of original content production in Europe and in service production. Her projects have been invited to numerous workshops in Europe including IDFA Academy, Sarajevo Talents, Beldocs, Docudays UA, DOC Lisboa, etc.
She is passionate in helping up-and-coming producers from the USA shoot their projects and films in Serbia and get much higher artistic and production value of the film, so they can return their investment and earn much more money, than they would if they shoot it somewhere else.
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Sasha Knezev is an award winning filmmaker and Producer based out of Los Angeles and president of 888 Films. Knezev is a graduate from The University of Southern California and the School of Cinematic Studies. He is in charge of film and television development and frequently works with Producer Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures.
Sasha is a go-to person when it comes to one on one meetings in LA. He is the one that will go through all of the aspects of filming in Serbia with you and let you know whether it is a right fit for you, or not.
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Gloria Cizmar is a production manager at 888 Films and she has worked on multiple projects, such as “So, Where the Hell is My Prince Charming?”, “Carlito” and “Cassandra Awakens”. She is in charge of new business development and expansion of B2B clients for service productions. She, among other things, schedules meetings with potential clients and provides all the necessary information for future collaborations. Gloria is the initial go-to person for anyone interested in working with 888 Films and learning more about the production in Serbia, prices, cash rebate, and other details.

Ivana is a part of the company 888 films since 2018. She started out as a production assistant, mostly assisting Ana, then went on to do film Acquisitions for the company. She has been in charge of Sales , Acquisitions and Distribution in 888 films since then. Now , she is starting her work in production, budgeting and location scouting. She is also directing a documentary that will be produced by 888 films and is due to come out in 2022.

Nikola Pavlović is a Serbian film producer and junior producer in the company of 888 Films, from the end of 2019. Nikola is a student at the Faculty of Political Sciences in the master's program in journalism. Pavlović graduated from the Faculty of Management - Media Management with a course "Gangster Film in America in the 1990s." In the company, he is in charge of new original content production and coordination between the US and European original content production.
WHO ARE OUR PARTNERS
Aaron Millar is the Ceo of Urban Explorer Media based in Los Angeles. Aaron Millar started his career as a location scout and manager after finishing his studies in history at CSU Northridge in 2005, having transferred from Los Angeles Valley College.
Aaron has worked in television, new media, and feature films. He has worked on commercials for Nike, GM, Toyota, Bridgestone Tires, BMW, Audi, CocaCola, Ford, DiscoverCard, and AT&T. He has also worked on music videos for rapper "Busta Rymes", pop artists "Pink," Alicya Keyes and "Lenka" as well as the pop rock groups "The Wanted" and "The All American Rejects."
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Matt Weinglass is the founder and CEO of SHERWOOD PLAYERS PRODUCTIONS, a Los Angeles production company specializing in multi-platform services for content creators and filmmakers, with a strong community outreach. Sherwood Players is focused on creating original content with purpose that is entertaining, thought provoking and rooted in the discipline of theatre.
Matt is the creator of In-Security, a film based on his real life story about the LA nightclub scene told from the point of view of a bouncer, set in the early 2000’s. It is currently in pre-production and features Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) , Sally Struthers (All in the Family) and Peter Shinkoda (Marvel’s Daredevil).
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ACQUISITION & DISTRIBUTION

Since 2017 till june 2020, 888 Films worked in partnership with Synergetic Distribution, from Los Angeles, to represent acquisitions in fourteen regions of Europe. They acquired feelms, such as the Swedish film and a Sundance hit - SAMI BLOOD (“Sameblood”), CONSTITUTION, by the acclaimed Croatian director Rajko Grlic , that won the Grand Prix Des Amériques at the Montreal World Festival and the top prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Daha ("More"), a 2017 Turkish film, directed by Onur Saylak that opened up Karlovy Vary 2017, Sibel, a 2018 Turkish drama film directed by Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti and many others. From june 2020, we have officially stopped our acquisition brench.



BUDGET CUT

How to get the best product EVER for the budget that you have?


Serbia has up to 20% lower prices than any other EU country, while having 25-30% cash rebate. However, low price can sometimes mean really bad quality and that is something we don't play with. We take our biggest pride in our original content, which is why we would rather say “no” to the service production that can not match our quality standards. Since art and production value mean world to us, we will make sure our number 1 priority is to get the most that we can for the money you are investing, so that your film of 2, 5, 10 million dollars, looks like its budget was at least twice that number.

25 % and 30% CASH REBATE:


The program provides a 25% cash rebate on qualified Serbian spend for feature films, TV series, animation films and visual effects, TV commercials and ocumentaries, and 30% cash rebate on qualified Serbian spend for feature films whose budget is minimum 5.000.000 EUR for feature films, TV series, animation films and visual effects, TV commercials and documentaries.

Minimum Local Costs:
1) Feature films, TV films and TV series: 300.000 EUR (~$350.000), with 100.000 EUR minimum per episode for TV series
2) Animated film, audio and/or visual post-production: 150.000 EUR (~$170.000)
3) Special-purpose film/TV Commercials: 100.000 EUR (~$114.000) Documentary films: 50.000 EUR (~$57.000)



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PRODUCTS


Films and tv series that were shot in Serbia


SOME OF THE FILMS ACQUIRED FOR US DISTRIBUTION

SERVICES OF 888 FILMS

  • Project and script analysis
  • Scheduling and budgeting
  • Pitch deck of the full project
  • Location scouting
  • Casting
  • Variety of Assistant Directors
  • Storyboard development
  • Costume design
  • Set design
  • Contracting services
  • Shooting
  • Possibility of affordable shooting on film tape
  • Catering
  • Highly trained stunts
  • Everyday evaluation and cost control
  • Online editing
  • Daily preview of the material available online on a secured private server
  • Parallel shooting on A, B and potentially C roll
  • On set Security and Drivers
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • VFX
  • Animation
  • Color Grading
  • Composing Music Score
  • Digital Cinema Package
  • Production of promotional material and videos
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Photography
  • Creating, Printing and Delivery of promotional material

PEOPLE


Some of the prominent people that we have successfully collaborated with


Some of the clients the 888 Films has worked with, from production, post-production or development point of view, include Nick Cassavetes, Matthew Perry, Louis Gossett Jr., KORN, CYPRESS HILL, Victoria Summer, Chris Klein, and Producers Michael Taylor and Jason Michael Berman.


Some of our original projects / film gallery

Riveting look at the politics, big business and the medical industry that has made America the most prescription-addicted society in the world. America is less than 5% of the World’s population but consumes 80% of the World’s prescription narcotics. We have gone from being the land of the free to the land of the addicted.

Directed by
Sasha Knezev

Executive Producer
M.D. Gregory Alan Smith

Co-produced by
Sasha Knezev

Line producer
Ana Renovica


AMERICAN ADDICT 2 digs deeper into the world of corruption, politics and pharmaceutical greed. Matthew Perry, Jonathan Davis, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich contribute to this eye opening examination of America’s deadly dependency with prescription medication.

Directed by
Sasha Knezev

Executive Producer
M.D. Gregory Alan Smith

Co-produced by
Sasha Knezev

Produced by
Ana Renovica


A rescue attempt of a German traitor during World War I has unexpected consequences and sets off an adventure across the Arabian desert.

Directed by
Damien Lay

Written by
Damien Lay

Stars
Chris Klein
Victoria Summer
Werner Daehn


Danica Rusov, a woman in her 60s has had a hundred of traumatic and painful relationships behind her, but despite it all, she still has only one wish – To get married.

Director
Sonja Rakic

Writer
Sonja Rakic

Producer
Ana Renovica


A young girl is lured into a mystic forest by a group of children who inhabit the woods. CASSANDRA AWAKENS is an expose on children’s cancer told through the eyes of a child.

Written and Directed
Sasha Knezev

Executive Producer
Sasha Knezev

Producer
Ana Renovica

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