September 19, Bitola – An exciting moment at the marking of the 41st edition of the “Manaki Brothers” was the addressing of this year’s laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement, the Oscar-winner Janusz Kamiński, the big Polish-American and world cinematographer, who started his addressing in Macedonian: “Zdravo, prijateli, kako ste? (Hello, friends, how are you?) It is my great honor that I am the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”. It seems that I am the youngest recipient. Still, they say that years are just a number. I would like to also congratulate to all the film professionals who have been acknowledged by the festival for their work. Congratulations.
I can’t wait to visit Bitola, I can’t wait to take a picture in front of the monument representing the Manaki brothers. Such inventors! Such innovators! They have created the contemporary cinematography! Besides that, I can’t explain to you how happy I am that I will visit Macedonia and drink Mastika. I am not much of a drinker, but I like tasting various types of alcohol.
On the other hand, on a more personal level, I have to say that I am in such luck to be a cinematographer. I think that it is the most wonderful vocation in the world, to be able to express yourself aesthetically and artistically through light and shadows. It is an art form which slowly, but surely disappears. I would like to accent the importance of the visual storytelling. I would like to accent the importance of light and shadows. To all the young cinematographers watching me, I would give them the advice to work on their art, you have to work on your craft. The thing is not in just showing a picture, the point is in the visual metaphors, in telling a story through composition, the camera movement, and the lights and shadows.
I wish good luck to everyone. I once again thank you for this award. As I already said – I can’t wait to see you in Macedonia”, said Kamiński.