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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


Jim Sheridan is pleasantly surprised by the seriousness of the way the “Manaki Brothers” is organized

A talk with the world renowned director, scriptwriter and producer Jim Sheridan was also held today, whose films include the masterpieces My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.

At the start of the talk, led by Blagoja Kunovski Dore, Sheridan, who came to the “Manaki Brothers” festival as a representative from the European Film Academy (EFA), pointed out that he is surprised by the seriousness of the way the festival is organized, and that the opening was also not a joke. He thinks that the festival devoted to the work of cinematographers is much more intellectual than the other film festivals.

-I was looking through the program and I noticed that a large part of the films which are selected to be screened here are great.

On the question of how Brexit influences Ireland, he answered with an anecdote:

-Ireland is like a cinematographer to the UK, it doesn’t “exist”, but it’s there. We were a threat to the Brits in a way. In the past, on Ireland’s border, towers were built and unless someone is a threat to you, you don’t build such towers. The British thought that the Europeans would use Ireland to attack Britain. That is how others were looking on this small catholic country, which was dated and old-fashioned. And that’s our history, he said, speaking about the political history of his country.

He also spoke about his film In the Name of the Father, which is about how politics and the church separate families.



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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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