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Manaki Brothers Film Festival marks its 45th anniversary

Jul 8, 2024

The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, the world’s first and oldest festival dedicated to the creativity of cinematographers, announces its 45th-anniversary edition and will take place in Bitola, North Macedonia from September 21 to 27, 2024. Since its inception in 1979, this festival has been a testament to the artistry of cinematography, celebrating the legacies of Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964) Manaki, the inspirational figures behind its founding. 

A Legacy of Excellence 

Initiated by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association (MFPA) in collaboration with the Cinematheque of Macedonia, the Bitola Cultural Center and the city of Bitola, the festival has evolved over the years. In 1991, following the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Macedonia, it transformed into an International Festival showcasing world cinemas and representing feature films in competition for the prestigious Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300 awards. Bitola became the global hub for the finest cinematographers, discovering new talents who have since become acclaimed wizards of film photography and cinema aesthetics. 

 Honouring Cinematic Masters 

Beyond the awards of the CAMERA 300 competition, the festival takes pride in its CLUB OF GREATS. This distinguished club celebrates the laureates of the “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement for Cinematography” and the “Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Film”. 

Over the years, luminaries such as Sven Nykvist ASC FSF, Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC, Sir Roger Deakins CBE ASC BSC, and many more have been honoured with these prestigious awards. The festival continues to recognise greatness, paying homage to both established masters and emerging talents who contribute significantly to the world of cinematography.  

Special Golden Camera 300: Recognising Excellence Beyond Cinematography 

The festival’s commitment to excellence extends beyond cinematography with the Special Golden Camera 300 award. Notable recipients include Christopher Doyle, Bruno Delbonnel, and actresses Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, among others. This award recognises outstanding contributions from cinematographers, actors, directors, producers, and other luminaries who have left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. 

A Glittering Lineup and Special Screenings 

The festival’s anniversary edition promises an outstanding lineup of films from both established and emerging talents. Audiences can anticipate exclusive premieres, special screenings, and retrospectives that highlight the evolution of cinematic art over the past six decades. 

The festival’s ongoing call for film submissions will be open until June 21, 2024. 

In addition to the film screenings, the festival will host engaging panel discussions, workshops, and masterclasses featuring industry luminaries and experts. These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for filmmakers, enthusiasts, and industry professionals to exchange ideas, share insights, and celebrate the diverse voices shaping contemporary cinema. 

As they celebrate 45 years of cinematic excellence, the Manaki Brothers Film Festival invites cinephiles, filmmakers, and industry professionals to join us on this monumental occasion. The 45th anniversary edition will honour the rich history of the festival while embracing the spirit of modern cinema. Over the course of 7 days, attendees can expect a curated selection of feature films, documentaries, short films, and student films that captivate, inspire, and challenge the conventions of filmmaking. We look forward to a spectacular edition, featuring an exceptional lineup of films, insightful discussions, and the honouring of cinematic legends. 

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