Manaki Brothers

THE POWERFUL WOMEN OF "MANAKI"

“The Powerful Women of Manaki 44” is a series in which we present participants from the 44th edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, who have made a special contribution to the film industry. With their dedicated, both sacrificed and innovative engagement, they are the drivers of positive changes in film and television globally, and serve as a benchmark for future generations of female cinematographers and film workers in other sectors, who will contribute to the shaping of a better world. ICFF “Manaki Brothers” is committed to increasing the percentage of women in all film professions.  

Christina Nowak

Labelled as a thought leader in the industry, Christina Nowak boasts extensive expertise in film, television, and virtual production, having collaborated with companies like 80six Virtual Production Studios and Anna Valley.

With a distinguished background working with renowned brands such as RED Digital Cinema, Ncam, and Megapixel VR, Nowak has established a reputation for excellence and innovation. As the founder of New Chapter Production Ltd and co-founder of Women in Virtual Production, Christina Nowak continues to shape the future of entertainment with a keen focus on strategic acumen and groundbreaking initiatives. With a multifaceted portfolio spanning a UK board position at the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, Member of BAFTA Connect, Friend of the Association of Camera Operators, and Cinegirl Ambassador.

Additionally, she serves on prestigious events such as the Manaki Film Festival as Honorary International Ambassador and the advisory board of Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, demonstrating her dedication to advancing the arts and media landscape with integrity and passion.

“The difficulty of woman’s leadership in a male dominated industry I try to overcome with philanthropy, volunteering my time and promoting causes that create word of mouth and have a positive impact for woman in film“, said Christina in the article CV Stories. 

In the article Increase the volume in the magazine Definition, Nowak says: “Women in Virtual Production is an essential initiative aimed at creating a supportive community and fostering professional development for women in the virtual production industry,” sums up Nowak. “This platform offers valuable networking opportunities, educational events and insightful discussions, which address the need for greater representation and support for women in this field”, says Nowak. “Our overarching goal with WiVP is to establish a strong and supportive environment for women in virtual production. Here, they can showcase their work and talent, learn from peers, and continue to thrive in their careers independently. WiVP is committed to driving positive change and increasing the representation of women in the industry in a meaningful way – by supporting one another authentically.”

BRUNO DELBONNEL
LAUREATE OF THE GOLDEN CAMERA 300 FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AT THE 45TH EDITION OF THE ICFF ‘MANAKI BROTHERS’

Bruno DELBONNEL, AFC, ASC, is the most recent member of the Manaki Club of Greats. Having previously won the Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film at the 32nd edition of the “Manaki Brothers” Festival in 2011, he is now joining our club of the masters of cinematography, adorned with the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography.

Delbonnel was born in 1957 in Nancy, France. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne University in Paris and graduated in 1978 from ESEC (École supérieure d’études cinématographiques), the famous and highly esteemed school of cinematography in Paris.

During his early years after graduation, Delbonnel showed an affinity towards directing. In 1989, he directed a feature-length documentary film inspired by the world of the circus – THE GRAND CIRCUS. However, he has since made a career mainly as a cinematographer with an enviable oeuvre, collaborating with many notable French and international directors.

At the beginning of his career, in 1981 and 1983, he shot two short films for the screenwriter-director tandem Marc Caro – Jean-Pierre Jeunet. This experience would prove to be decisive, especially in his later collaboration with Jeunet, with whom in 1984 he shot another short film NO REST FOR BILLY BRAKKO/PAS DE REPOS POUR BILLY BRAKKO, and with whom he continued to creatively collaborate in their two most critically acclaimed works that earned Delbonnel the first two out of a total of six Oscar nominations: AMÉLIE (2002) and UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES /A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (2005).

In 2001, before the Academy Award nomination, LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMÉLIE POULAIN (original title) won the Crystal Globe at the Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, which still remains to be this festival’s most significant discovery from the vast pool of French cinema to date, and a source of regret for the festival organizers at Cannes who, with this oversight, missed the chance to launch this anthological auteur film which is also considered to be among the most commercially rewarding.

What Delbonnel, aged 44 at the time, achieved with AMÉLIE is visually majestic, giving shape to the fairytale-like, ordinarily extraordinary world of Amélie.

Casting Tautou for the title role of Amélie was a big hit. Тhe actress incorporated her ample talent into the unusual nature of this quirky character, and Delbonnel transformed her with the visual playfulness and originality inherent to his expressive style. His camera draws us into her experiences with extraordinary visual energy in every frame, which is an experience in itself. AMÉLIE is also a love letter to Paris with an inspiring colour palette and a magical visual tone.

In addition to the Oscar nomination in 2002 for AMÉLIE, Delbonnel also received BAFTA and ASC nominations, as well as the Cesar Award, and also won the EFA/European Film Academy Award for Best European Cinematographer.

After achieving global fame with AMÉLIE, the tandem Delbonnel-Jeunet repeated their fruitful collaboration in their next outstanding film, the historical love drama from the First World War – A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT. Delbonnel is again at the height of his creative enthusiasm in this film, building up a nightmarish visual atmosphere, with a documentary colour gamma, depicting the range between the horrors of the war and the protagonist’s intimacy. In addition to the nominations for the Academy and the EFA Award, Delbonnel won the ASC Award and the French César for this film, too.

Delbonnel’s third Academy Award nomination came in 2010 for one of the most visually impressive films in the Harry Potter franchise, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, directed by David Yates.

In 2011, our festival awarded Bruno Delbonnel the Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film.

The three later masterpieces in Delbonnel’s oeuvre, that earned him the most recent Academy Award nominations are: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2014), DARKEST HOUR (2018) and THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (2022).

Namely, after collaborating in 2006 on their short film TUILERIES (one of the stories from the omnibus PARIS, JE T’AIME), Delbonnel went on to shoot the full-length feature film INSIDE LLEWIN DAVIES for the screenwriter-director tandem – the Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel. In that film, Delbonnel depicts the dark existential drama of the young folk singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis, with the title role played by the musician Oscar Isaac.

He then received his fifth Oscar nomination in 2018 for his creation in DARKEST HOUR, directed by Joe Wright. This historical drama earned actor Gary Oldman an Oscar for portraying Winston Churchill.

In 2021, Delbonnel once again collaborated with Joel Coen on the film THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, for which he won the last of his 6 Academy Award nominations. Actor Denzel Washington plays the title role in this most recent adaptation of Shakespeare’s anthological tragedy, with Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth.

Delbonnel applied a documentary visual structure typical of films with historical components from different ages and periods in all three more recent Oscar-nominated films.

Over the years, Delbonnel has enriched his opus by collaborating with several other prominent directors: Peter Bogdanovich in THE CAT’S MEOW (2000, a crime drama about the murder of an actress in Hollywood 1924, which happened on millionaire Hearst’s yacht); the Russian director Alexandr Sokurov, on the film FAUST (2011, the syndrome of Goethe’s myth about Faust, a winner of the Golden Lion in Venice) and FRANCOFONIA (2014, a homage to the Parisian temple of fine art – the Louvre Museum which, with its timelessness and lasting value, defied the years of the fascist occupation; filmed as docufiction); and Tim Burton on three nearly consecutive occasions, in 2012 on his gothic horror DARK SHADOWS, then in 2013 on the related BIG EYES and in 2016 on the film MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.

He collaborated with the Coen brothers once again in 2018 in their western comedy typical of their style – THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, while his latest collaboration from this year is with director Wes Anderson on his most recent film, THE PHOENICIAN SCHEME (2024, in post-production), with an incredible ensemble cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In 2019, Bruno Delbonnel was appointed Head of the Cinematography Department at the world-famous Paris Film School, La Femis, to pass on his extensive professional knowledge and experience to future generations of cinematography students.

Blagoja Kunovski – Dore

44. ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS FILMS 'SWEEP' THE AWARDS SEASON

Several films that were selected in the Official Selection “Camera 300” at the 44th edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” have won numerous awards during the so-called awards season and established themselves at the top of the lists of the most successful films of 2023. Here are the accolades received by some of the most outstanding films from last year’s edition of our festival:

 

At the Oscars, “Anatomy of a Fall” (cinematographer Simon Beaufils) and “Past Lives” (cinematographer Shabier Kirchner) were nominated for Best Picture, while “Perfect Days” (cinematographer Franz Lustig) received a nomination for Best International Feature Film.

At the Golden Globes, “Past Lives” and “Anatomy of a Fall” were nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, with the latter winning Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language.

 

At the European Film Awards “Anatomy of the Fall” was the absolute winner and received the award for Best European Film, and “Fallen Leaves” (cinematographer Timo Salminen) received a nomination in the same category.

At the César Awards, “Anatomy of the Fall” was again awarded Best Film, and “Perfect Days” and “Fallen Leaves” received nominations in the category of Best Foreign Film.

FIPRESCI’s Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year went to “Fallen Leaves”.

“Past Lives” and “Anatomy of a Fall” won Best Feature and Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The Satellite Awards nominated “Past Lives” for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and “Anatomy of the Fall” and “Fallen Leaves” for Best Motion Picture – International.

In addition, “Past Lives” was named Best Film of the Year in the IndieWire Critics’ Poll, with “Anatomy of the Fall,” “Perfect Days” and “Fallen Leaves” also receiving nominations.

At the Asia Pacific Film Awards, “Perfect Days” won Best Feature Film.

We are pleased to announce that for the 45th edition of ICFF “Manaki Brothers” (September 21-27) we are “cooking” an even greater lineup.

Тhe retrospective "The Manaki Brothers' Greats"

 

During the months of February, March, and April, a film retrospective we named “The Manaki Brothers’ Greats” delighted the audiences in Bitola and Skopje with an impressive lineup of narrative films featuring exceptional cinematographic achievements by some of the great award-winning cinematographers of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”.

The retrospective started on February 7th with the screening of “Persona” by Ingmar Bergman (1966), a cinematographic masterpiece by the double Oscar winner and first international recipient of our “Golden Camera 300 Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography”, Sven Nykvist, at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 1998. A week later we screened the Cannes winner “Paris, Texas” (1984), directed by Wim Wenders. The visual narrative of the film was crafted by Robbie Muller, the recipient of the “Special Golden Camera Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film” in 2002 and the “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography at ICFF “Manaki Brotheres” 2016. The third film in our line-up was “The Big Lebowski” (1998) by the Coen Brothers and the double Oscar winning master cinematographer Roger Deakins, who received our “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement” in 2018. The last film screened in February was “Enter the Void” (2009), directed by Gaspar Noé and visually crafted by Benoît Debie, who won the “Golden Camera 300” in our Official Competition Program at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 2010.

 

March began with “Amélie” (2001) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a cinematographic masterpiece by Bruno Delbonnel, who was nominated for an Oscar for this very film, won the European Film Award for Best Cinematography, and received our “Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film” in 2011. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) by Sergio Leone was the second film screened in March, a cinematographic gem by Tonino Delli Colli, the recipient of the “Golden Camera 300 Award for Lifetime Achievement” at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 2002. The next film screened was “Erin Brockovich” (2000), by director Steven Soderbergh and cinematographer Edward Lachman, who won the “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement” in 2019. March concluded with “Léon: The Professional” (1994) by Luc Besson, visually shaped by Thierry Arbogast, the recipient of our Audience Award at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 2006.

We kicked off April with the Oscar-winning film “Parasite” (2019) by Bong Joon-ho. The Korean cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo, the recipient of our “Golden Camera 300” at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 2018, is credited with the cinematography of this film. “Amadeus” (1984) by Milos Forman followed, a film that triumphed at the Oscars in 1985, winning eight Academy awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture. The cinematographer of this film was Miroslav Ondříček, the recipient of our “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement” in 2001. We rounded off the retrospective with the cult classic “Run Lola Run” (1998) by Tom Tykwer and cinematographer Frank Griebe, who received the Special Jury Prize at ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 2000 for this film.

Our retrospective “The Manaki Brothers’ Greats” is a testament to our long-standing dedication to celebrating the extraordinary creativity of the world’s greatest masters of cinematography and the decades-long vision of the leadership of the festival to seek and discover new talented artists who will later become masters of the film imagery on a world scale.

Due to this reason and the high attendance at our screenings over the past few months, our retrospective will continue in the fall under the title “The Gems of ‘Manaki Brothers'”.

CELEBRATING CINEMATIC BRILLIANCE: MANAKI BROTHERS FILM FESTIVAL MARKS ITS 45TH ANNIVERSARY AS THE FESTIVAL OF MASTERS OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, the world’s first and oldest festival dedicated to the creativity of cinematographers, announces its 45th-anniversary edition and will take place in Bitola, North Macedonia from September 21 to 27, 2024. Since its inception in 1979, this festival has been a testament to the artistry of cinematography, celebrating the legacies of Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964) Manaki, the inspirational figures behind its founding.

A Legacy of Excellence

Initiated by the Macedonian Film Professionals’ Association (MFPA) in collaboration with the Cinematheque of Macedonia, the Bitola Cultural Center and the city of Bitola, the festival has evolved over the years. In 1991, following the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Macedonia, it transformed into an International Festival showcasing world cinemas and representing feature films in competition for the prestigious Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300 awards. Bitola became the global hub for the finest cinematographers, discovering new talents who have since become acclaimed wizards of film photography and cinema aesthetics.

Our Club of Greats: Honoring Cinematic Masters

Beyond the awards of the CAMERA 300 competition, the festival takes pride in its CLUB OF GREATS. This distinguished club celebrates the laureates of the “Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement for Cinematography” and the “Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Film”.

Over the years, luminaries such as Sven NYKVIST, ASC, FSF, Vittorio STORARO, ASC, AIC, Sir Roger A. DEAKINS, CBE, ASC, BSC, and many more have been honored with these prestigious awards. The festival continues to recognize greatness, paying homage to both established masters and emerging talents who contribute significantly to the world of cinematography.

Special Golden Camera 300: Recognizing Excellence Beyond Cinematography

The festival’s commitment to excellence extends beyond cinematography with the Special Golden Camera 300 award. Notable recipients include Christopher DOYLE, Bruno DELBONNEL, and actresses Catherine DENEUVE, Isabelle HUPPERT, Juliette BINOCHE, among others. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from cinematographers, actors, directors, producers, and other luminaries who have left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape.

A Glittering Lineup and Special Screenings

The festival’s anniversary edition promises an outstanding lineup of films from both established and emerging talents. Audiences can anticipate exclusive premieres, special screenings, and retrospectives that highlight the evolution of cinematic art over the past six decades.

The festival’s ongoing call for film submissions will be open until June 21, 2024.

In addition to the film screenings, the festival will host engaging panel discussions, workshops, and masterclasses featuring industry luminaries and experts. These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for filmmakers, enthusiasts, and industry professionals to exchange ideas, share insights, and celebrate the diverse voices shaping contemporary cinema.

As we celebrate 45 years of cinematic excellence, the Manaki Brothers Film Festival invites cinephiles, filmmakers, and industry professionals to join us on this monumental occasion. The 45th anniversary edition will honor the rich history of the festival while embracing the spirit of modern cinema. Over the course of 7 days, attendees can expect a curated selection of feature films, documentaries, short films, and student films that captivate, inspire, and challenge the conventions of filmmaking. We look forward to a spectacular edition, featuring an exceptional lineup of films, insightful discussions, and the honoring of cinematic legends.

About the Manaki Brothers Film Festival

Established in 1979, the Manaki Brothers Film Festival is a prestigious celebration of cinematic excellence named in honor of the groundbreaking Manaki brothers, the pioneers of cinematography in the Balkans. The festival is dedicated to showcasing outstanding films, fostering creative dialogue, and honoring the achievements of filmmakers around the world.

FILM ENTRY 2024

Rules & Regulations

OTHER ACCREDITATION

ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS WILL ACCEPT OTHER APPLICATIONS
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2023

If you are not a film professional or a journalist, but want to attend the 44nd edition of ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS please fill out the form below:


Please confirm the dates that you wish to attend *


The Festival reserves the right to deny accreditation. In such cases you will be informed by e-mail.

INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS WILL ACCEPT INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2023

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The Festival reserves the right to deny accreditation. In such cases you will be informed by e-mail.

PRESS ACCREDITATION

ICFF MANAKI BROTHERS WILL ACCEPT PRESS/MEDIA APPLICATIONS
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2023

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