The patron of the festival, the President Stevo Pendarovski opened the festival and presented the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement award to Edward Lachman, a cinematographer who so far has two Oscar nominations, a BAFTA for Lifetime Achievement and he is called the “Wizard with the Camera”.

-The relationship between the cinematographer and the director isn’t like a marriage, but as a dance couple. The only question is if both of them listen to the same music. The director is the one who sets the stage and should treat the cinematographers as one more actor who gives its best act, but it is important that the director really allows him to shine in his full glory. This is a rare opportunity for me, I have heard a lot about the festival and I wanted to come here for years. To be in the company of such large names who were laureates, part of who have been my mentors, such as Sven Nykvist, Robby Muller… I simply don’t know if I belong here, in this inheritance.

In this part of life, the receiving of such an accolade seems like a closure, but for me it seems that it shows that it is a continuous process of learning from one another through various experiences. The journey is what matters, not the destination. What happens today is for me a revisit, of memories, of old friends and of creating new friendships, Lachman said.