This year’s laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement – Roger Deakins was announced at the press-conference, and the creative solutions for this year’s festival edition were also presented, along with the new slogan -- “Hats Off” („Симнуваме капа“) as a token of respect for the festival’s tradition, the cinematographers, the city of Bitola and the audiences.
The Manaki Film Festival is the oldest and the first one in the world dedicated to the cinematographers’ creation and that this reputation should be further enhanced with the presence of the laureates and the cinematographers participating in the Main Competition Camera 300, as well as the master-classes held by the legends of the motion pictures.
The festival Art Director, Blagoja Kunovski – Dore, said that the prominence of this year’s laureate of the Lifetime Achievement “Golden Camera 300”, the great British and international cinematographer, the Oscar-winner Roger Deakins can be testified by the spectacular number of 115 different international cinema awards, along with 148 nominations.
“After several years of persistent attempts to bring one of the greatest living world cinematographers - Roger Deakins, in Macedonia/Bitola, we finally managed to get him, and in the same year when he finally became an Oscar-winning author for his creation in the already anthological work of art from his rich opus – BLADE RUNNER 2049. We, as organizers of the Manaki Brothers festival, believe that for the audience and for all film-lovers, the arrival of the Deakins couple in Bitola and Macedonia, as our top VIP guests, will be a great honor, a great pride and joy. We are convinced that we are in for another super-successful edition of the world's oldest festival dedicated to the cinematographers' art, which will be enriched by the biggest star of the 39 "Manaki Brothers" – the Oscar-winner and our laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement - Roger Deakins” , said Kunovski.
The Ambassador of Great Britain, his Excellency Charles Garrett also had an address at the press-conference, expressing his satisfaction that his compatriot and master of world cinema wins this year’s recognition of the “Manaki Brothers” Festival. “To us, cinema is a part of the creative industries, an area where we have achieved success. Thank you for inviting me, and my hat’s off”, Ambassador Garrett said.
This year’s edition of the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” takes place from 22 to 29 September 2018 in Bitola. For more information about the festival please visit www.manaki.com.mk .