In the official competition for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300 awards, 13 cinematographers were competing this year. The jury consisted of Paul Rene Roestad, president, and the members Luca Coassin, Jani Petteri Passi, Darijan Pejovski and Erol Zubcevic, who was not able to personally be present at the closing ceremony, handed the awards to the cinematographers, saying that it had not been an easy job whatsoever to pick amongst such quality films.
The first one to speak was the president of the jury, Paul Rene Roestad, thanking the festival team for organizing such a festival in honor of cinematographers from throughout the world.
-As a president of the European Federation of Cinematographers, I would like to especially point out the importance of this festival for all the cinematographers throughout the world and to emphasize how we are honestly being amazed of the significant work Blagoja Kunovski, Gena Teodosievska and their fantastic team do, focusing on cinematographers from all around the world. To be a member of a jury is a hard job. Especially when you are surrounded by such talented cinematographers. We sometimes felt like being in a museum, surrounded by paintings of Rembrandt, Titian, Cézanne, and Renoir, and it is as we need to pick which one is the best. But, honestly, the real job of the jury is to make the decision. Well, we made it – said Paul Roestad before the awarding itself.
The Small Camera 300 was awarded to the cinematographer Naum Dokseski, who shot the Macedonian short film directed by Goran Stolevski, “Look at Her”, about a young girl that breaks the rules of a patriarchal society.
This year, besides the main awards, the jury awarded a Special Mention to the young Russian cinematographer Daniil Fomichev for the film “How Victor Garlic Took Alexey the Stud to the Nursing Home”, directed by Alexander Hant. Darijan Pejovski handed the award to Fomichev, explaining that the fresh approach of the cinematographer in this debut film is responsible for this award.
The Bronze Camera 300 went in the hands of Dejan Dimeski for the film “The Frog” directed by Elmir Jukic. Luca Coassin, handing the award to Dimeski, said that the jury thinks that the cinematographer dealt with the challenge of telling a story in a very limited space, finding the ideal distance between the camera and the performance of the actors.
Dimeski thanked the jury and his crew, bringing back memories of the first time he came to the Manaki Brothers festival, as a student in 1993, for now to live up to standing up on the stage with one of the main awards.
Jani Petteri Passi, before awarding the Silver Camera 300, pointed out that it wasn’t easy to decide between the two films that were battling out for first place. The Silver Camera 300 went in the hands of Reiner Klausmann for the film “In the Fade”, directed by Fatih Akin.
-A cinematographer that shows his great experience and ability to visually tell a story in a way that perfectly matches with the important and dramatic story. He visually supports and perfectly emphasizes every little act in the script, unobtrusively adding up to the emotional balance of the story – said Passi.
The Golden Camera 300 went in the hands of the Hungarian filmmaker Marcell Rev, the cinematographer that shot the film “Jupiter’s Moon”, an intricate story for the attitude towards the refugees.
The president of the jury Paul Roestad handed him the award, saying that Marcell Rev surprised with his visual energy and an exceptional creativity in trasfering the story thtough pictures.
All the award winners were visibly excited and they thanked the jury and the organizers of the festival for the wonderful opportunity to be part of such a unique film festival that celebrates the work of the people behind the camera.