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Manaki Brothers Film Festival

ICFF "Manaki Brothers"
Location Bitola, Republic of Macedonia
Founded 1979
Awards Camera 300
Language International
Website []

The International Cinematographers Film Festival "Manaki Brothers" (known short as Manaki Film Festival; Macedonian: Интернационалниот фестивал на филмска камера "Браќа Манаки"; ИФФК Браќа Манаки) is an annual international Macedonian film festival organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals Association (MFPA). The festival is held in Bitola, the town where most of the activities of the Aromanian brothers Yanaki and Milton Manaki were organized. They were the filmmakers, who in 1905 filmed in Avdela the first motion pictures in the Ottoman Balkans.[1] Each year the festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia and the President of the Republic of Macedonia. The award of the festival is Camera 300 that given to the year's best motion pictures chosen by the festival's film committee.The Manaki Film Festival has been hosted at the Center of culture, with screenings at the Big Hall, located in the center of Bitola and has been attended by celebrities such as Thierry Frémont, Tardu Flordun, Richard Sammel, Torsten Voges, Rade Šerbedžija, Miki Manojlović, Mirjana Karanović, Michael York, Charles Dance, Victoria Abril, Daryl Hannah, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Julliette Binoche, Aleksei Serebryakov and Bruno Ganz.

Golden Camera 300 for life achievement

Special Golden Camera 300

Golden Camera 300

Silver Camera 300

  • 2011 - Michael Krichman for Quiet Souls
  • 2012 - Alisher Khamidkhadjaev for Living
  • 2013 - Virginie Saint-Martin for Tango Libre
  • 2014 - Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida
  • 2015 - Adam Arkapaw for Macbeth
  • 2016 - Ruben Impens for Belgica [12]
  • 2017 - Reiner Klausmann for In the Fade [13]

List of Festival Directors

Before 1993 the festival didn't have a director,the function was introduced in 1993.

  • Boris Nonevski 1993-1995
  • Gorjan Tozija 1995-1995
  • Delcho Mihajlov 1996-1998
  • Vladimir Atanasov 1998-2001
  • Tomi Salkovski 2001-2009
  • Labina Mitevska 2009-2014[14]
  • Dimitar Nikolov 2015–2015[15]
  • Blagoja Kunovski 2016–2018 [16]
  • Evgenija Teodosievska 2018-? [17]

Main Competition Jury

World, regional and national film premiers

  • 2004: "The Great Water" (Големата вода) - National Premiere
  • 2005: "Contact" (Контакт) - World Premiere
  • 2006: "The Secret Book" (Тајната книга) - World Premiere
  • 2010: "Mothers" (Мајки) - National premiere
  • 2012: "The Third Half" (Трето полувреме) - World Premiere
  • 2012: "Balkan Is Not Dead" (Балканот не е мртов) - World Premiere
  • 2013: "The Piano Room" (Соба со пијано)- World Premiere
  • 2014: "To the Hilt" (До балчак) -World Premiere
  • 2014: "Children of the Sun" (Деца на сонцето) - World Premiere
  • 2015: "Lazar" (Лазар) - World Premiere
  • 2016: "The Liberation of Skopje" (Ослободувањето на Скопје) - National Premiere [10]
  • 2016: "Golden five" (Златна Петорка) - World Premiere [10]


Daryl Hannah, exclusive guest of Manaki in 2010