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The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival "MANAKI BROTHERS", is the first and oldest international film festival dedicated to the creativity of cinematographers across the world. It started in 1979 at the initiative of one of the main founders - MFPA / Macedonian Film Professionals Association, and was co-organized with the host-city of Bitola and the Cinematheque of Macedonia, established in honor and inspired by the abundant photographic/cinematographic opus of the MANAKI brothers: Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964). Thus, naturally, the cornerstones of the future festival were laid in Bitola, where the Manaki brothers had their photo-studio and cinema theater. Initially conceived as Manaki`s Gatherings, and later on also as a festival of film camera of the former Yugoslav cinematographers, the festival grew with great potential so that after the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Macedonia on 8 September 1991 it was transformed into an International Festival of world cinemas represented with feature films competing for the three festival awards: the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300.


CALL FOR ENTRIES

The International Cinematographers` Film Festival MANAKI BROTHERS is pleased to announce

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The 3
7th edition of the ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS will take place in between the 10th and 17th of September in Bitola, Macedonia. It is the world's oldest film festival dedicated to 
the creativity of cinematographers across the world, established in honor and inspired by the abundant photographic/cinematographic opus of the MANAKI brothers: Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964).

We are now accepting the applications for all festival competitive programs.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for the film titles of each program:
August 5, 2016


All the entry forms to be send to:

ICFF Manaki Brothers
8-mi Mart 4, Skopje 1000,
Macedonia



CALL FOR ENTRIES                 

Program: Official Program

Submission Deadline: August 5, 2016    

We are inviting filmmakers from all over the world to submit their feature film for the category "Official Program", for the 37th edition of the festival taking place in September 10-17, 2016 Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. The main part of the Festival's program belongs to "CAMERA 300" - Official Competition of Feature Films from the most recent European and world production. The cinematographers of these films compete for the Golden, Silver and Bronze CAMERA 300, awarded by the Festival's International Jury composed of five members.


To submit your film, please send a DVD and a press kit (synopsis, your bio and photo, some stills from your film), and the following information:


Original Title:
English Title:
Genre:
Running Time:
Language:
Year of Production:
Country:
Cast (if any):
Director:
Director of Photography:
Production Company:
Distributor:
Has the film been shown before, where and when?:

Your E-mail:
Website (if any):
Your Address:


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Program: New European Cinema
Submission Deadline: August 5, 2016    

We are inviting filmmakers from all around Europe to submit their first or second feature film for the category "New European Cinema", for the 37th edition of the festival taking place in September 10-17, 2016 Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. "New European Cinema" is a competitive program which promotes the debuts or second long-feature films of the new heroes of cinematography from Europe.


To submit your film, please send a DVD and a press kit (synopsis, your bio and photo, some stills from your film), and the following information:


Original Title:
English Title:
Genre:
Running Time:
Language:
Year of Production:
Country:
Cast (if any):
Director:
Director of Photography:
Production Company:
Distributor: Has the film been shown before, where and when?:
Your E-mail:
Website (if any):
Your Address:  


CALL FOR ENTRIES                 

 Program: See Camera
Submission Deadline: August 5, 2016   

We are inviting filmmakers from Southeastern Europe to submit their feature film for the category "See Camera", for the 37th edition of the festival taking place in September 10-17, 2016 Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. "See Camera" Program has the goal to promote films from Southeast Europe.

To submit your film, please send a DVD and a press kit (synopsis, your bio and photo, some stills from your film), and the following information:


Original Title:
English Title:
Genre:
Running Time:
Language:
Year of Production:
Country:
Cast (if any):
Director:
Director of Photography:
Production Company:
Distributor:
Has the film been shown before, where and when?:

Your E-mail:
Website (if any):
Your Address:          

CALL FOR ENTRIES             
   

Program: Short Film

Submission Deadline: August 5, 2016    

We are inviting filmmakers from all around Europe to submit their short film for the category "Short Film Program", for the 37th edition of the festival taking place in September 10-17, 2016 Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. The Short Film Program is competitive and present films from the newest world production. The aim of this program is to discover new and young directors of photography. One cinematographer will receive the “Small” Golden camera 300.


To submit your film, please send a DVD and a press kit (synopsis, your bio and photo, some stills from your film), and the following information:


Original Title:
English Title:
Genre:
Running Time:
Language:
Year of Production:
Country:
Cast (if any):
Director:
Director of Photography:
Production Company:
Distributor:
Has the film been shown before, where and when?:

Your E-mail:
Website (if any):
Your Address:  




CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: FIRST FILMS FIRST - 4 workshops over a period of one year Cluj – Bitola – Belgrade - Sofia

In 2016, Goethe-Institute starts a new, innovative and intensive professional training program with the aim of supporting young Southeast European film directors to develop their first feature-length fiction films.FIRST FILMS FIRST consists of 4 modules, over a period of 10 months, allowing the participants to develop their first feature film projects, step-by-step through different phases of the project development.The program provides participants with:

  • mentor-ship on their first feature film project in different phases of development by renowned European film professionals
  • the necessary arts and crafts required to enter the professional international scene
  • first-hand insight and practical knowledge about the ever-changing contemporary European film-making world
  • contacts with some of the most important European decision makers, auteurs and experts
FIRST FILMS FIRST focuses on 8 participants only, in order to provide a face-to-face approach, individually adapting and modifying the program in order to accommodate each participant’s specific needs.

May/June 2016.
1st module: Developing Stories to Scripts in the frame of Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj / Romania

September 2016.
2nd module: Finding the Unique Visual Style for Your Film & Further Script Development in the frame of “Manaki Brothers” International Cinematographers Film Festival, Bitola / Macedonia

November/December 2016.
3rd module: Exploring Different Directing Approaches in the frame of Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade / Serbia

March 2017.
4th module: Getting Ready for the Big World - Pitching & Packaging Your Project in the frame of Sofia International Film Festival / Bulgaria

The program finishes with the pitching presentation of the projects in front of a group of internationally relevant producers, commissioning editors, distributors, and funds representatives at the Sofia Meetings, one of the leading regional co-production markets.
The deadline is April 1st 2016.
 

Mujdeci: I am happy to have won an award at the world-renowned festival “Manaki Brothers”

The “Manaki Brothers” festival is one of the most eminent festivals on a world level and it is a great joy for me to have the “Golden Manaki” award granted to me – emphasized the director Kaan Mujdeci last night after receiving the award in the “Cineplexx” cinema hall in Skopje.
Mujdeci won the award for his film “Sivas” which was part of the “SEE Camera” program of the 36th festival edition and which the audience in Skopje was able to see yesterday. “Sivas” is Turkey’s candidate for the “Oscar” award for best foreign film and won the Special award from the jury in Venice last year.

-I noticed that there are many varieties, faiths, cultures in Skopje, living in one place and in harmony. I am very glad about that and I wish you live the same way for centuries to come. I dedicate the award exactly to the harmony and the varieties of this city. The ladies are dominant in the audience tonight and I am particularly afraid of that. I apologize that there are only a few female roles and that there are vulgar words. I want to thank the “Yunus Emre” Cultural Center, which represents us on a global level and I thank them for their hospitality – said the Turkish director.
The event was organized by the Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre” – Skopje and the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” – Bitola. The award was granted by the festival’s Art director, Blagoja Kunovski.

-I saw “Sivas” at the Venice film festival last year and it entered my wider list of films for this year, but having it as part of the SEE Camera program is also completely justified. This film is one of the most significant works of the new Turkish film – stressed Kunovski.
The selector of the Official program reminisced about the beginnings of the great Turkish director Nuri Bilge Celyan who won a Special recognition just in 2003 at “Manaki Brothers” for his film “Distant”.
-I assure you that during all the past years and with all the directors so far, we have been taking into account the presentation of Turkish films, which we have been representing with world-famous names. This year we’ve had Celyan’s grand associate, screen writer Ercan Kesal as member of the jury in the Official Program, as well as one of the most famous actresses in Turkey, Hatice Aslan, as member of the jury in the “New European Cinema” program – said Kunovski.

17.500 people attended the festival, “Lazar” and “Sicario” – most watched films

ICFF “Manaki Brothers” and the official partner Vip operator announce that around 17.500 people attended the event at the 36th edition of the “Manaki Brothers” festival which lasted for 10 days. Two hundred films – long, short, feature, documentary, students’, children’s films were shown in the 13 festival programs. The films were screened in 4 halls. The entire program, along with the OFF Program, which consisted of album promotions, concerts, DJ performances, took place at 22 locations in total. Bitola’s citizens showed strong interest in the events in the OFF program, 31 of them in total. The intensive preparations for the festival started in the middle of April, when the festival’s first project was the presentation at the film festival in Cannes, within the South-East European Pavilion. Cannes helped us make contacts with a big part of this year’s guests, as well as regarding the film program or the film selection.
30 people worked on organizing the festival, while for the entire realization helped 13 photographs (who made an archive of 21.000 photos), 25 guest stewards, 65 volunteers, 20 members of the technical support team. The festival awarded 10 awards in total, one award was given by the Hungarian FilmLab amounting to 10.000 euros for the director of the best film in the New European Cinema program, Grimur Hokanarson. 

The films: “Lazar” by Svetozar Ristovski, “Sicario” by David Villeneuve, “Macbeth” by Justin Kurzel attracted the audience’s interest the most. In the Additional program of the festival there were: six master classes (Bozidar – Bota Nikolic, Hayet Benkara, Ryszard Lenczewski, Jaromir Sofr and two by Milco Mancevski), five workshops (Pece Kotevski, Deborah van Dam, Wim Coryn, Miguel Llanso, Sofr and Marek Jicha), two panel-discussions (Ana Vasilevska – Macedonian film in the past 25 years and film critic today, led by Gena Teodosievska along with five guests –critics, six presentations (Ohrid Film Academy, Torino FilmLab, SONY, Ater Studio, Easyrig and Vision.mk, one conference and three exhibitions.
Milco Mancevski’s and Bozidar – Bota Nikolic’s master-classes drew most attention. 12 presenters form the region and beyond participated in the IMAGO conference. We had 65 students from 13 film academies and faculties with which we have signed cooperation contracts. The festival awarded the best student’s film, “Milevin potiljak” by director Nikica Zdunic who had his award granted by the director Milco Mancevski.
This year, the festival paid a lot of attention to online promotion through оur webpage, especially through the particular content called Manaki Daily in which through videos, photos and news in English we marked all festival events. This platform saw 100 photo galleries, 62 news covered with one or several photos as well as ten daily video-chronicles and one cumulative video-chronicle, including all the most important event at the festival. 

Right with this novelty we are receiving positive reactions from around the world, even from former festival guests who through joking wrote us that following us on the site, they feel as if they were in Bitola. Around 2.700 children saw the six films from the Vip Junior Program. Moreover, about 50 students were guests at the festival and took part in the programs. Around 550 children attended the world premiere of “Phantom boy”, first cartoon completely dubbed by actors from the National Theater of Bitola.

"Golden Camera 300" for Mátyás Erdély, the cinematographer of "Son of Saul"

ICFF “Manaki Brothers” and the official partner Vip operator announced the awards of the 36th edition of the festival tonight. The “Golden Camera 300” went to the cinematographer Mátyás Erdély for the film “Son of Saul”. “This film offers a new way of storytelling; on one hand we are facing the main character’s psychology, while on the other hand we were witnessing the dreads of the holocaust” – with these words, the jury of the Official Program chose the best cinematography, announcing it at tonight’s awards ceremony in the Center of Culture in Bitola.
The “Silver Camera 300” went to Adam Arkapaw for the film “Macbeth”, for the extraordinary skill to put new technologies in service of Shakespeare’s classical drama. The “Bronze Camera 300” went to Mateo Guzman for the film “Land and shade”, for representing rural America with poetic and magical realism in a way rarely witnessed on film.

The jury consisted of: Ryszard Lenczewski - president, Bozidar - Bota Nikoloc, Hayet Benkara, ErcanKesal and Mitko Panov. The jury also presented Morteza Gheidi with a Special Mention for the film "Nahid". The jury emphasized the cinematographic talent of Vladan Radovic as well, for the film "Black souls".
Best film in the "New European Cinema" program is "Rams" directed by Grimur Hokanarson. This project will also receive 10.000 euros awarded by the "Hungarian FilmLab" ("Magyar Filmlabor"), for the post-production of a next film project.
The award for best cinematography went to Vasco Viana for the Portuguese film "Mountain" by Joao Salaviza.

In the new program "SEE Camera" the award "Golden Manaki" went to the Turkish film"Sivas" directed by Kaan Mujdeci. Milos Srdic was named best cinematographer in this program for the film "The woods are still green".
The member of jury were: Maja Bogojevic- film critic, Diomides Nikita- producer and Miroslav Momcilovic - director. The cinematographer of the film "Down from Heaven" Goran Naumovski won the "Small Golden Camera 300" award.
The award was granted to him by Frosina Boshkova, in charge of sponsorships at Vip operator.
The audience also witnessed a few short films made by children during the festival, in the framework of the Vip Junior Program and “Giffoni Voyager”.
The festival’s director Dimitar Nikolov addressed the audience thanking all the attendees, the official partner Vip, the sponsors, the entire team, volunteers and guest stewards who gave their utmost to make a 10-day beautiful festival in Bitola.
 -I will miss being without the festival a little in the next 360 days even though I will surely be involved in a different way. Thank you for the support, for everything you have done so that this festival would live up to its reputation and to advance by taking huge steps, to become something even bigger and something we will be proud of – said Nikolov.
The laureate Bozhidar-Bota Nikolc was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award “Golden Camera 300”. He said that he has been working on film for 47 years and that in the world there is no such place as Bitola where cinematographers are being stopped on the street to take a photo.
 - I wouldn’t want to sound pathetic but I rejoiced very much when the director of the festival told me that I was getting this award. However, I was also a bit saddened because still, this is a lifetime achievement award. Film is a collective art. Many people around me have helped me win this award and I would like to thank all of them. First of all, to my family for their patience, to the directors for the faith they put in me and I would be unfair if I didn’t thank my two assistants to whom I would like to say: “We’ve won an award” – said Bota Nikolic.

He received the award from the Mayor of Bitla, Vladimir Talevski. He congratulated Nikolic on the awards.
 -As each film speaks of pain, passion, joy, love, fear, anxiety, so our festival knows about pain, love, passion and joy. I thank all of you as with your presence in the past 10 days you have shown and proven and we have all seen and lived a great truth, which is that the International Festival of Film Camera “Manaki Brothers” is the most important event in the domain of culture in the Republic of Macedonia. – said Talevski.
 Nigel Waters, President of the European Federation of Cinematographers IMAGO granted the award to the laureate Jaromir Sofr.
He emphasized the importance of the festival for cinematographers as the oldest one in the world dedicated to them. Sofr showed his gratitude for the recognition and said:
-You are a truly friendly audience and I hope that you will watch films after me and that you will manage to see all my colleagues’ and friends’ quality films rightfully digitalized because it is a way for them to be preserved. Actually, with digitalization itself the instrument changes but the filmmakers’ and cinematographers’ art does not change and that is why I believe that they shall continue our tradition in future as well, will use the new technologies, but will also continue to be just as good cinematographers and we will watch just as great films.
The musician Goce Naumov performed at the ceremony, with the music and visual project “Mil-tone”, in which through videos from the Manaki brothers and through his original music he brought us back a century ago when the festival’s patrons worked.
In honor of the awards, the Taiwanese – Chinese film “ The Assassin” was screened.

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