MILCO MANCEVSKI HONORARY AMBASSADOR OF CULTURE
Film director Milco Mancevski, who won the Golden Lion Award at the renowned Venice Film Festival in 1994, thus putting Macedonia on the cultural map of the world with his debut feature "Before the Rain", was awarded Wednesday with the title Honorary Ambassador of Culture by the Macedonian Government for his contribution in affirming the Macedonian culture in the world.
The title, being awarded for the first time ever, was presented by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Mancevski will be a honorary ambassador in New York, where he currently resides and works. For the additional promotion of the Macedonian culture, the Government submitted a motion on supplementing the Law on Culture, hence introducing the honorary title - ambassador of culture.
The initiative aims to present the best artistic achievements of Macedonian artists. The title will be awarded to most eminent artists, who are recognised in the country and abroad. The culture ambassador will have no diplomatic status, whilst their engagement will be purely voluntary. The title will be awarded to several other artists to other countries by the end of September.
Milco Mancevski told reporters that the title is an official recognition of his correspondent work from New York, dating back to the 1970s. - I'm planning several film projects, stated Mancevski, adding that his third feature "Shadows" will be finalised in two months time. Following his recent film, he plans on preparing a TV movie.
MD: That's great! His new film 'Shadows' will be completed soon. 'The film will deal the period between the Neolithic and Christianity in Macedonia, which will make the name and country Macedonia a brand,' he said.