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International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers

The name of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “MANAKI BROTHERS”, is in honor and inspired by the abundant cinematographic opus of the MANAKI brothers: Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964), the two brothers who in 1905 brought the first film camera on the Balkan Peninsula. The festival has started in 1979 as an initiative of The Association of Film Professionals of Macedonia, the city of Bitola and the Cinematheque of Macedonia, Today the Festival is one of the most respectable places in the World, where the work of the Directors of photography are priced. Every year the best cinematographers across the worlde compete for the three main festival awards: The Golden, the Silver and the Bronze Camera 300. Every time, the festival is held, thousands admirers of the film art enjoy the best cinematic achievements of the past year. Besides in the movies, they are enjoying in the surrounding (environment) of many guest and stars known from the screen.

14 -21 September 2019 Bitola, Macedonia


Awards of the 39th edition of Manaki Brothers ICFF Fest

Awards Ceremony September 2018

The creations of cinematographers were valued by Olympia Mytilinaiou, Rainer Klausmann, Mattias Troelstrup, Rebecca Fayyad Palud and Gjorche Stavreski.

-We are honored to be present at this wonderful festival which celebrates the film camera. The Manaki Brothers festival is a miraculous place where you can learn new things and create new friendships. We will bring home a wonderful experience and we hope our colleagues will get the opportunity to experience this sometime as well. We are grateful to Gena for inviting us, to Dore for the great selection and to everyone who worked hard behind the curtains. Our first decision as a jury was to rate the camerawork together with the whole quality of the film. The camerawork is equal to all elements in the film and shouldn’t disrupt the balance of the whole. We live in an era of pictures which we use to tell stories. But the hardest thing is to find the right picture, which doesn’t have to be the prettiest one. The right balanced camerawork touches feelings, but isn’t a goal in itself, the president of the jury Olympia Mytilinaiou said.

The Small Golden Camera 300 award for short film was presented by Rainer Klausmann and it was awarded to Adric Watson, an Australian cinematographer of the film All These Creatures.

-This film deals with a very important subject, it is very human, it has a wonderful storytelling and the camera perfectly complements the story. The Small Camera 300 award for a short film goes to Adric Watson for the film All These Creatures, Klausmann announced.

Gjorche Stavreski presented the Bronze Camera 300 awards, which went to the Polish cinematographer Lukasz Zal for the film Cold War.

-It was a big honor to be present at this festival. I thank Gena for convincing me to come here because I met great friends. The camerawork was one of the many brilliant aspects of this film, which portrays an epic love story. It is a film that celebrates the long tradition of cinematography and we feel that the pictures in the film are timeless. They brilliantly captured the changes in the atmosphere in the different epochs and places. That is why the Bronze Camera 300 goes to Lukasz Zal for the film Cold War, Gjorche said.

Mattias Troelstrup announced the recipient of the Silver Camera 300 which went to Eric Gautier for the film Ash is Purest White.

-We witnessed times change, as well as love and struggles, but the camera was never rushed. It was flawless and restlessly followed the film plot. It is a rebellious and intimate story, and that is what the camerawork is too. That is why the Silver Camera 300 goes to Eric Gautier for the film Ash is Purest White, Troelstrup announced.

The laureate devoted this award to Robby Muller who was his role model in his work and a great friend of the ICFF Manaki Brothers.

-I want to thank you for being invited to this wonderful festival, in this wonderful company of cinematographers and in a great selection. The camera is only one part of the film and this award is connected also to the director of the film and I would like to share it with him. It was truly a wonderful experience to shoot in China, the main actors were very inspirational, but the rest of the crew was as well. However, I would like to devote this award to one of the people who were a great inspiration of mine when I became a cinematographer, and was also a great friend of this festival, Robby Muller. If you look closely in the film, you can clearly see his influence, Gautier pointed out.

The president of the international jury Olympia Mytilinaiou announced the recipient of the Golden Camera 300 award, which went to the South Korean cinematographer Kyong-Pyo Hong for the film Burning.

-It was most beautifully told from all the festival stories we saw, beautifully made, every move of the camera transferred a feeling. A perfect combination of fun and art shot in a way which came naturally from the story. A really great deal of this camerawork is that it managed to put the audience in the head of the main actor. That is why the award goes to Kyong-Pyo Hong for the film Burning, Mytilinaiou announced.

She added that she hopes this festival will continue the good work because cinematographers from all around the world communicate here: “Thank you a lot, Bitola!”.

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About International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers

The International Cinematographers` Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”is the oldest one among the few film festivals in the world that evaluate the creative work of the cinematographer as a key figure in the creation procedure of the film.

Bitola, Skopje


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