FILM CITY IN SKOPJE
U.S. company Eastman Kodak and Macedonia’s Digital Media signed Thursday an agreement for construction of a modern film laboratory within the Digital Media Park in Skopje settlement Aerodrom.
Peter Boyce, Business Manager for Kodak Central and Eastern Europe, Kristijan Danilovski, president of Digital Media, and Vladimir Krstevski, manager of Slovenia’s Svet Filma, which is Kodak’s regional representative signed the agreement. The investment is worth about Euro 3 million in negative processing machines (developing, cleaning and copying) and modern telecinema system encompassing almost all laboratory and digital transfer formats and services through a guaranteed Kodak Image Care certificate.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski attended the signing ceremony.
“The investment will help solve problems related to producing films in Macedonia, mitigating the work of Macedonia’s production companies, attracting foreign production companies to work in the country, and affirming Macedonia as a desirable destination for the film industry”, said PM Gruevski.
According to him, investing in this joint project is an investment in the future of Macedonia and confirmation of Macedonian culture, identity and tradition in the era of digital technologies and globalization.
Through this investment, 35mm film roles can be developed, scanned and telecined in Macedonia. Thus, the film industry will gain new opportunities for development. Thus far, Macedonian film producers were forced to seek these services in the region, which has reduced their efficiency.
Kodak is the leader in film innovation. With a turnover of about US$ 13,3 billion in 2006, the company is focused on the strategy of digital development.
Created and realized by Digital Media, with the support of USAID and the Government, Digital Media Park is the first technological park in Macedonia. It will host 15 companies from the field of film and digital media, striving towards acceleration of development of Macedonia’s film and media industry.
MD: Great initiative! Macedonia should really do something with it's movie industry potential!