FESTIVALS: South Korean Burning Wins 39th ICFF Manaki Brothers


    BITOLA: Burning directed by Lee Chang-Dong and shot by DoP Hong Kyong-pyo, was awarded the Golden Camera 300 for best film at the 39th edition of the International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers in Bitola, Macedonia (22-29 September 2018). The festival is the first and oldest dedicated to the creativity of cinematographers.

    “(It was) a perfect combination of fun and art shot in a way which came naturally from the story. A really great deal of this camerawork is that it managed to put the audience in the head of the main actor,” said Greek DoP Olympia Mytilinaiou, president of the international jury.

    DoP`s Rainer Klausmann (Switzerland) and Mattias Troelstrup (Denmark), director Gjorce Stavreski (Macedonia) and DoP`s agent Rebecca Fayyad Palud (France) were members of the jury.

    The Silver Camera 300 went to Eric Gautier for the work on Jia Zhang-ke`s Ash Is Purest White. Polish cinematographer Łukasz Żal received the Bronze Camera 300 for Paweł Pawlikowski`s Cold War.

    Over 95 feature, documentary and short films were screened in 14 programmes including 12 titles in the main feature film competition.

    The festival closed with a premiere of Macedonian/Croatian/Slovenian short film Scout directed by Alex Cvetkov. It was followed by the screening of BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee as the last film of the official selection.

    The festival is organised by the Macedonian Film Professional Association and supported by the Macedonian Film Agency and the Muncipality of Bitola.


    Official Competition:

    Golden Camera 300: Hong Kyong-pyo for Burning (South Korea, Japan)
    Directed by Lee Chang-Dong

    Silver Camera 300: Eric Gautier for Ash Is Purest White (China, France, Japan)
    Directed by Jia Zhang-ke

    Bronze Camera 300: Łukasz Żal for Cold War (Poland, UK, France)
    Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
    Produced by Opus Film, Apocalypso Film and MK Production; coproduced by Arte France, Canal+ PolskaKino ŚwiatEC1 Łódź - Miasto Kultury, the Mazovia Film Fund, the Silesia Film Fund and the Podkarpacie Film Fund
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, MK2 Films, Film4, the British Film Institute and Eurimages

    Short Film Competition:

    Small Camera 300: Adric Watson for All These Creatures (Australia)
    Directed by Charles Williams

    Special Golden Camera 300: Claudia Cardinale for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Art

    Golden Camera 300 Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Deakins (United Kingdom)

    Big Star of Macedonian Cinema Award: Milica Stojanova