Festivals in Macedonia
“MANAKI BROTHERS” INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS’ FILM FESTIVAL
Location: 8 Mart Str. No.4, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: 23-30 September 2017 | 38th Edition
Official page: www.manaki.com.mk
The International festival of filming camera “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association (MFPA). Founded on May 21st 1950, MFPA represents the interests of film professionals and film authors of the country. In spite of defending its members’ rights and interests, MFPA encourages the professional development and growth of film creativity in the Republic of Macedonia. The Association aims to strengthen the Macedonian cinematography and to ensure its continuity amid different activities. Through the years, MFPA offers significant contribution to the Macedonian cinema and affirms world film art here in our country. One of the main activities of MFPA is the International Cinematographers Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”Each year, the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” is held in Bitola under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Macedonia and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia. The remarkable festival is attractive to both film professionals and film fans from all over the world. The main part of the Festival’s program is “Camera 300” – an Official Competition of Feature Films from the most recent European and global production.
CINEDAYS FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN FILM
Location: “Dimitar Vlahov” Str. Bb, 1000 Skopje Macedonia
Festival dates: November 12-21, 2017 | 16th Edition
Official page: www.cinedays.mk
The Festival of European Film CineDays, which is annually held in Skopje usually around mid November, is a festival which celebrates the diversity of European cinema. The focus of the festival program centers on the promotion and the projection of the European cinematography as well as the discovery of young and talented European authors. It has become the festival’s tradition to open and close with the very best films of Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival respectively. Launched in 2001, the festival has grown to become a meeting place for filmmakers and film goers to exchange knowledge or share cultural experience, accompanied by the array of events, activities, social and educational projects and workshops which are all part of the festival.
SKOPJE FILM FESTIVAL
Location: “Kuzman Josifovski Pitu” Str. No. 34/1, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: April 20-28, 2017 | 20th Edition
Official page: www.skopjefilmfestival.com.mk
The Skopje Film Festival, with its rich and diverse program, consisting of the latest European and global cinematographic releases, is a meeting point for the traditional achievements of eminent film authors on one hand, and a sharp consuming audience, on the other. Over 950 films have been presented, with an audience of over 160.000 viewers over the last 12 years, which leads to the fact that this festival is the most frequented cultural event in Skopje.The Macedonian viewers have had the opportunity to watch exceptional works of: Lars fon Trier, Wong Kar Wai, Thomas Vinterberg, Todd Solondz, Kim Ki-duk, Takeshi Kitano, Aki Kaurismaki. Moreover, they have had the chance to discover: Gaspar Noe, Javier Fesser, to experience the magic of Korean filmmakers: Kim Jee-Woon, Park Chan-Wook, Kang Je-gyu, to feel the extraordinary charm of Scandinavian production: Lukas Moodysson, Petter Naess, Bent Hamer, to continually have access to contemporary Latin-American cinematography, to find out more on the newest Iranian films. Each year the audience shows a great interest in following the programs of short films, musicals, documentary films as well as the regional program which presents the most significant achievements in the region, the lectures and workshops.
MAKEDOX CREATIVE DOCUMENTARIES FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: August 19-25, 2017 | 8th Edition
Official page: www.makedox.mk
MakeDox is initiated by people who love documentaries. People with a great will to create their own festival. Films which speak through their relevance, idea, message, thought, inner cry… which stratify, but do not insist on changing, which dig up the roots and penetrate daringly without worrying about the soil and the dirt… which don’t tend to wash things out or sort things through so that they could look better… And they do it in their own, powerful, unique way… they intrigue you, make you think, make you tremble… they might even change you against your will. That’s the kind of documentary films we focus on.
YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL “GIFFONI MACEDONIA”
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: October 11-16, 2017 | 5th Edition
Official page: www.giffoni.mk
ANIMAX SKOPJE ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Location: Benjamin Mecukovski 17/1-1, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: November 23-27, 2017 | 7th Edition
Official page: www.animaxskopjefest.mk
“Animax Skopje Fest” is the first animated film festival in Macedonia. The festival aims to unite and encourage all animators in the Republic of Macedonia and to facilitate verification and presentation worthy of their creative potential and product. This festival aims to raise and build culture in terms of making animated films for adults and children who present different aspects of everyday life. The main reason to organize an international festival of animated film in the Republic of Macedonia, is the desire and need for this animated film to get a wide door in Macedonia. The festival is the right address for anyone interested in animation as a way of communication, as a way of expanding horizons, as an effort to support a cultural form and spend leisure time in creative and constructive way, as part of a global trend of creative industries in Europe and the world. Animax Skopje Fest is held in November each year. The festival is by nature competitive and is open to animators from around the world.
ASTERFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Strumica, Macedonia
Festival dates: June 26-30, 2017 | 13th Edition
Official page: www.asterfest.mk
The International Film Festival "AsterFest" is a festival of film authors. Starting from 2005, the festival has been held in city of Strumica annually each year. "AsterFest" has a review program in other cities as well, and is also internationally presented. It is held annually, usually around the end of May. The filmmakers compete in three categories: the "Star Documents" category (on new creative documentaries), the "Global Fiction" category - short fiction films from recent worldwide production, the "Animotion" category - world animations and the "Movieland" category on shorts (each year presenting a different country). The main festival awards are: Golden, Silver and Bronze Horseshoe as well as Aster Award for Lifetime achievements. "AsterFest" is organized by the Association "Tiberiopolian Film Alliance – Institute for Shorts & Docs". "AsterFest" is an interesting new festival in the region which primarily targets professional short-length films and documentaries.
TETOVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Tetovo Macedonia
Festival dates: October 03-07, 2017 | 6th Edition
Official page: https://festhome.com/f/508
Tetova International Film Festival is taking place in beautiful Tetovo City in Macedonia which extends in the foothills of Sharr Mountain. The Festival aside from its rich film program includes lots of activities such as workshops of different branches in film-making (film lighting techniques, editing techniques and film theory).
SOUTH-EAST EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL “SEE FILM FESTIVAL”
Location: Paris, France/ Berlin, Germany
Festival dates: May 25-28, 2017 in Germany| May 31 – June 03, 2017 in France | 7th Edition
The South-East European Film Festival "SEE Film Festival", is organized the period May/June in Berlin, Germany (SOE in Berlin) and in Paris, France (SEE a Paris). The Festival presents feature and short fiction, documentary and animation movies whose directors and/or producers originate from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
“GOLDEN WHEEL” FILM FESTIVAL
Location: 376 Str. No. 108, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: April 03-11, 2017 | 15th Edition
“Golden Wheel” Roma Film Festival is an international cultural event dedicated to Roma or non-Roma producers from around the world who produce works which deal with issues related to Roma population. The primary goals of the festival is to promote Roma production, to attract the interest and attention of international audiences and media with regard to Roma-themed production, to promote networking and professional cooperation between Roma and non-Roma producers, to instigate discussions about problems that producers often have to deal with, to explore the possibilities for commencing and implementing a number of different international initiatives and projects and to contribute to the culture and promotion of Roma Decade. “Golden Wheel” is a traditional cultural event, which manages during the few festival days to unite film workers and film lovers from around the world, thus creating equal opportunities for affirmation and development of the Roma culture.
INTERNATIONAL MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: November 2017 | 8th Edition
Official page: www.mobilefestival.net
In the huge number of mobile phone users in the world, including the region and Macedonia there are as many potential “filmmakers.” That was enough motivation and challenge in 2010 to start the Mobile Festival, the first International festival of films shot on mobile phone in Macedonia.In these six years the festival presented hundreds of films made with mobile phone in the domestic and the international selection. Also Mobile Festival has become part of the huge network of international festivals that promote films made with mobile phone. The films of Mobile Festival get their promotion on the international festivals from around the world, of its kind.Currently Mobile Festival is the only festival of its kind in the region that managed to stay regular. From 2012 the festival became a regional and except domestic and international selection there is a selection of films from the region. Making a movie using your mobile phone is different, but easy. With your own mobile phone you can register events, unexpected situations, you can easily produce your own movie anytime, anywhere. All you need is will. And the idea and the creativity will rise. Therefore use the benefits of that small device which you always carry with you, and record your own film.
ECHO MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Location: Partizanski odredi 80/1-4, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: October 2017 | 8th Edition
Official page: www.ehofilmfest.mk
We invite you to enjoy this year’s EHO (meaning Echo in Macedonian), resonating from the mountains across the globe, organized by Alpinizam.org. Each day, thousands of people live their dreams in the mountains: they hike, climb, ski, explore caves, go kayaking through the river rapids or glide on the mountain winds. Each day, that passionate love of nature weaves stories that leave everyone breathless. The EHO of those adventures, carried by their simplicity and candour, reaches us – it inspires and motivates us to love and enjoy nature more passionately, to go beyond our limits, to continue furthering that energy through our stories. During EHO and the Mountain Film Days in Skopje, let us drift from one rock face to another, let us hear the sounds of waterfalls and birds, let us acquaint the plants, and learn the lessons that nature teaches us, brought to us through those magnificent movies, photographs, and presentations.
NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NON-PROFESSIONAL FILM
Location: Different city each year
Festival dates: May 2017 | 46th Edition
The National Festival of Non-Professional Film is the oldest manifestation of its kind in Macedonia, which is held over the past 45 years, each year in a different city. The aim of the festival is to affirm the amateur film production in Macedonia by engaging young and up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival’s awarded films each year take part at UNICA World Amateur Film Festival. The festival’s educational component allows for film authors, festival participants, jury members and the experienced authors of amateur films to exchange experiences and to analyze the films as well as be part of two-day workshops on different topics. The festival awards Golden, Silver and Bronze Plaque as well as awards for best director, best script, best camera and best editing with the best film from each category receiving a Grand Prix.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NON-PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM “CAMERA 300”
Location: Partizanska bb, Bitola 7000 Macedonia
Festival dates: October 2017 | 25th Edition
Official page: www.camera300.mk
Nowadays, art in its all forms surpasses borders which limit man’s living and creation in time and space. Film and film presentation are these ambassadors with which the city of Bitola and the Republic of Macedonia travel throughout the world. The Manaki brothers (Janaki and Milton) with their Camera 300 showed us pictures from the way of life in Bitola and the Balkans on a 35 mm film so that the today’s film makers can tell us their stories behind their cameras and create their visions through motion pictures. Film as an art, presents Bitola as a film city of two international festivals: The Manaki Brothers’ Film Festival – a world director’s film festival and the festival of non-professional documentary film category FADF Camera 300. The quality of the past 20 film editions is recognized by many international jury members who are well-known professionals at this field, UNICA members and other domestic and foreign film authors.FADF Camera 300 has a prominent place in the world's non-professional film presentation which is proved by the number of selected films (each festival has 60-100 film presentations) as well as the number of film makers (50 to 90) at each festival.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUAL VALUES
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: October 14-19 | 2nd Edition
International Film Festival of Spiritual Values is the first of its kind in Macedonia and on the Balkans. The aim of the festival is to encourage film production of this genre in order to promote, spiritual, humane, ethical and cultural values in the community and society of Macedonia and beyond.
ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM FESTIVAL “KRATOVO”
Location: Kurciska Str. bb (Museum of Macedonia), 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: October 2017 | 6th Edition
Official page: www.makedonskoetnoloskodrustvo.org
“Kratovo” Ethnographic Film Festival will be held in the town of Kratovo, Republic of Macedonia from September 30 to October 2, 2016. The festival aims to promote visual ethnography, to present different approaches to ethnographic filmmaking, and to animate dialogue between the authors and the spectators.
KINENOVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SKOPJE
Location: 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: October 11-15, 2017 | 2nd Edition
Official page: www.kinenova.com
The idea for this film festival emanated from the dire need for a wider space to present debut films by many new filmmakers from the region and beyond. It is a venue for new filmmakers to showcase new stories and offer a fresh perspective of humanity and the world we live in.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CINEMATIC
Location: 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: December, 2017 | 2nd Edition
PHILOSOPHICAL FILM FESTIVAL
Location: 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Festival dates: March 30-April 07, 2017 | 7th Edition
Official page: www.filozofskifilmskifestival.wordpress.com