Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival

Honoring Milton Manaki at the Vlach cemetery in Bitola

The delegations of the ICFF “Manaki Brothers”, the Vlach community in Bitola and the city of Bitola, laid flowers at the grave of Milton Manaki today.

The president of this year’s jury at the festival, the Norwegian cinematographer Paul Rene Roestad, who is also the president of the Association of Cinematographers IMAGO, said that he is honored to be part of the delegation at “Manaki Brothers”. The delegation was also consisted of Gena Teodosievska, artistic director at “Manaki Brothers”, and a member of the jury, the Italian cinematographer Luca Coassin. Teodosievska pointed out that the “Manaki Brothers” festival, as in the past decades, cherishes the tradition of honoring Milton Manaki.

Stefan Hadji-Andonovski, president of the amateur cinema club “Studio Milton Manaki” and member of the Vlach community of Bitola, shortly reminded the people present there of the life and work of the first Balkan cameraman. He also pointed out that the Bitola cinema club hosts a commemoration with an appropriate program every year on March 5 (the day of the death of Manaki). The cinema club also organizes the festival called “Camera 300”.

The representatives of the festival, the Vlach community and the city cherish this tradition of remembering of the first film cameraman in the Balkans. The members of the Vlach community take care of maintaining the grave of Milton Manaki (1880-1964) at the Vlach (or Aromanian) cemetery in Bitola. On the other hand, Janaki Manaki died in Solun and he is buried there.