September 19, Bitola – Tonight saw the event in Bitola that was devoted to the marking of the 41. edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”. The patron of the festival, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, addressed the attending guests, saying that the “Manaki Brothers” is one of the most significant cultural events in our country, which has a rich history, much enthusiasm and love for the film art entwined in it.

“Thanks to this festival, Bitola and our country have been recognized in the world of cinema. Unfortunately, this year we don’t have the red carpet and the recognizable glamour in front of the Center for Culture in Bitola, we don’t have the film screenings and crowded theaters, we don’t have our dear guests from the world of film. The Covid-19 pandemic changed all the plans and affected the programme planned for the 41st edition of the “Manaki Brothers”. However, the tradition continues, and the festival keeps on going in a shorter and adapted form”, said president Pendarovski.

He congratulated this year’s awards recipients: Janusz Kamiński, laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement, and Stole Popov, who was awarded with the MFPA award “Big Star of Macedonian Film”.

“Exactly the days during the pandemic have shown us how important is art, and in particular, what is the power and role that cinema has. It goes without saying that the experience of watching a film on the big screen cannot be matched and I believe that after things go back to normal, once again, with an even greater enthusiasm and curiosity, we will go back to the cinema theaters”, said president Pendarovski.