29TH MANAKI FILM FESTIVAL OPENED IN BITOLA
The 29th Manaki Brothers International Film Camera Festival opened in Bitola on Saturday. For the first time, the festival is being organized in the capital as well as in Bitola. For this reason, Bitola Mayor Vladimir Talevski’s address made a retrospective of the path of the first film Camera 300 that Milton and Janaki brothers brought in Bitola in the early last century.
“The Manaki brothers brought the camera from the world into Bitola and since the establishment of the festival this camera has been taken to the world from Bitola. That is history, culture, tradition," Talevski said.
President of the Festival Council Robert Naskov handed Special Camera 300 Award to Israeli producer Menahem Golan for his special contribution to the world cinematography. “Each good news is mixed with a bad news. Great actor Paul Newman died yesterday evening,” Golan said accepting the award and conveying best wishes from Israeli film workers.
The festival was pronounced open by the great former Yugoslav director, Veljko Bulaic in a ceremony at the Culture Centre in Bitola attended by President Branko Crvenkovski, the sponsor of the Braka Manaki Festival and Ministers of Culture and Defense Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska and Zoran Konjanovski respectively.
Ten films will be screened within the main programme by 4 October competing for Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. The festival also has five film programmes besides the competitive one.