Film director Ivo Trajkov received the title Honorary Ambassador of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia by Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The ceremony in Prague came just in time for Trajkov's 43rd birthday. Trajkov's 2004 Czech/Macedonian co-production The Great Water, was the Macedonian candidate for the Academy Awards.
As reported by the Macedonia Daily, upon receiving the title, Trajkov said, "I will continue to do what I have been doing until now only that it is now official. All this is made with the aim of recognition of our identity. That has already started with the Cinema Days workshop which has managed to ensure fantastic cooperation between film workers in the region and confirm our identity in the best possible way."
A native of Skopje, Macedonia, Trajkov remained in Prague to begin his career following graduation from the FAMU film school, where he now lectures as head of the Editing Department. Trajkov's film credits include director of Joseph's Journey (2008), director/producer/writer/editor for Movie (2007), director/producer/writer of The Great Water (2004), director/producer/writer of The Past (1998), and director/writer of The Canary Connection (1993). His many awards include Best Director and Golden Palm at the Valencia film festival for The Great Water, and the Czech Cameraman's Association award (1998), Audience Award at the Taormina festival, and the Don Quixote special mention at the Pilsen film festival for The Past, as well as awards from festivals in Geneva, Falstaff, Figueira, and Canada.