“One frame for me, one frame for the history” was the motto of the brothers Milton and Janaki Manaki, who changed Bitola with their restless spirit. The Balkan film history started exactly here, in Bitola, the city with rich cultural tradition. The attendees at the opening ceremony of the jubilee edition of the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” were greeted by the major of Bitola, Natasha Petrovska, who gave them all a warm welcome, and the minister for culture of the Republic of North Macedonia, Husni Ismaili, expressed his pleasure that he has the opportunity to share the stage with the great heroes of Macedonian cinematography, and with the great names of the film world, all at the jubilee celebration of film at the oldest film camera festival in the world.
-I would like to bow before the founders of the Macedonian contemporary organized cinematography who showed a brave vision when 40 years ago, in the city of the first cameramen in the Balkan, started to organize the then called “Manaki Gatherings”. Those pioneers, devoted film lovers, as well as the generations after them, and the young filmmakers and managers of today, succeeded in battling out for a shining spot for the “Manaki Brothers” festival on the map of the great number of film festivals around the world. They managed to attract, sustain and enhance the attention towards Bitola, towards North Macedonia, towards film in the region of the top film professionals among the cinematographers whose work is part of the world history of film, Ismaili pointed out.