WHAT IF Films is a newly founded film production company created by a collaboration of Daniel Rihák and Martina Saková. Our ambition is the development and production of films that combine audience reach with a socio-critical message. We work with filmmakers who have a unique style and offer fresh, unconventional solutions. We love genre films and aim to make our films appeal to the audience. We aspire to entertain them in a way that will leave them hopeful and inspire them to think about the world.
Miškov svet / My World Upside-Down is the first film project of the production company WHAT IF Films, but both creative producers and directors Daniel Rihák and Martina Saková already have an established track record. Daniel Rihák's graduate film Výlet / The Trip was shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards, won the IGRIC Creative Award for Best Director and won the Best Feature Film Award at the Áčko film Festival. The film was shown at numerous film festivals (Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Tirana International Short Film Festival, Euroshorts Young Filmmakers, Gdansk, PiterKit International Student Film Festival, St. Petersburg and others). Martina Saková started as an assistant production manager at Slovak Television. She worked as production manager on the feature film Vadí Nevadí / Truth Or Dare, as producer on the documentary film Little Hanoi for HBO Europe and the animated film Heavy Mental. Her feature film debut Summer Rebels won the German Film Critics´ Award ´21, in the category children´s film and was screened in competition at over 30 film festivals worldwide a.o. in Giffoni, Cottbus, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Goa India or at Mostra in São Paulo. The film was theatrically released in Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and broadcasted on RTVS (SK), NPO(NL) and NETFLIX (SK/CZ).
Daniel Rihák was born in Prešov, Slovakia. He studied cinematography at ESTC in Lisbon, Portugal and graduated in film directing at VSMU Bratislava.
Martina Saková was born in Bratislava. She studied film directing at VSMU Bratislava and as a guest student at HFF Potsdam Babelsberg and University of Arts in Berlin.