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The festival will be held on October 28-29, 2017, at: Carlton Cinema Theatre - Toronto
Rade and Danilo Serbedzija RADE & DANILO SERBEDZIJA

Rade Serbedzija was born in Bunic (Korenica) in 1946. Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He is remembered as an outstanding Peer Gynt, Don Juan, Georgij, Melkior, Oedipus, Hamlet, Leon and Richard III. He wrote and published four books of poetry and released four albums, as well as directed 12 plays.

Danilo Serbedzija was born in 1971 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and actor, known for Luda kuca (2005), 72 days (2010) and The Liberation of Skopje (2016).

Osloboduvanje na SkopjeLIBERATION OF SKOPJE
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.

Genre: Feature - Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 110 minutes

Director: Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija
Screenplay: Rade Serbedzija, Dusan Jovanovic
Producers: Gorjan Tozija, Robert Naskov, Igor Nola, Vladimir Anastasov, Arto Halonnen, Danilo Sherbedzija
Leading roles: Rade Sherbedzija, Silvija Stojanovska, Lucija Sherbedzija, David Todosovski, Nebojsha Glogovac

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About the film:

Zoran, an eight-year old boy, is the hero of this story. It is through his eyes that we experience all the cruelty of war, poverty, suffering and images of the occupation of Skopje by the Germans in 1942 with the help of their Bulgarian allies. Zoran's father, Dushan is a member of the Partisan forces. His uncle, Gheorgiy, is also a member of the resistance and plays a part in the assassination of a high-ranking German officer, as well as in the evacuation and transport of Jews to free territories. However, he fails to save his Jewish neighbours and close friends, the Jewish family Rossman, from deportation. Zoran's little friend Renata Rossman and her family are led away by the Germans to a concentration camp. Renowned stage and screen veteran Rade Serbedzija and his son Danilo co-direct this epic adaptation of the play by Dusan Jovanovic; both also acted in the original 1980 stage production.


Tony Radevski is an independent Australian director, writer and producer of film and television.
In 2005, he co-produced the short drama In the Middle. In 2006, he completed a documentary entitled The Prodigal Son, which won Best Short Documentary at the 2006 IF Awards and Most Popular Film at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. In 2008, he finished work on the short animation Ephemeral, which he wrote and directed/produced with animator Jongsu Oh.
He also produced and co-illustrated the short animation Chip in 2014, which screened at TEDxSydney and won a AACTA/AFI Social Shorts Award for Best Independent Film. In 2015, his short animation Hole won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2015 MG Film Festival. It was also shortlisted as the Australian representative for the Iris Prize in Cardiff. In 2016, his short film, the black comedy Dedo was screened at the 11th annual Macedonian Film Festival.

Pile PILE (Little Bird)

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. and October 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Genre: Short film - Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 15 minutes

Director: Tony Radevski
Screenplay: Tony Radevski
Producer: Pete Ireland
Leading roles: Valentina Apostolovski, Zen McGrath, Jovana Miletic

Official Film Website

About the film:

Pile is a short dramatic film based on a childhood memory of writer-director, Tony Radevski. A young boy (Pile) visits a farm with his father, and finds the lizard that had been attacking the farm hens. The life or death of this creature is now in Piles hands, while his yearning for his fathers approval is tested against his growing sense of right and wrong.



Showtime: October 29, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Genre: Documentary - Comedy, Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 66 minutes

Director: Ilija Cvetkovski
Screenplay: Ilija Cvetkovski, Atanas Georgiev
Producer: Atanas Georgiev
Leading roles: Dionis Pashlakov, Grozdanka Pashlakova

Movie trailer

Official Film Website


About the film:

Dionis is a retiring biology teacher. With a passion, and a dream.
He owns over a hundred rusty old cars, most of which dont even work, and every night he sleeps next to them, dreaming of turning this unusual collection into a museum. But his passion and his dreams come with a price.
Every night his younger wife sleeps alone in their home, and by day she makes ends meet by making wedding and birthday cakes. While dreaming of the museum, surrounded by his decaying cars, it is exactly in these piles of rust that Dionis finds the joy of existence. Avec lamour is a simple story, but also a larger than life portrayal of the universal human saga represented through this old man.
A film about a retiring professor, his wife, his passion and his fantasy of opening up a museum in a small uneventful town. Its love, its life.


Nikola-Kole Angelovski was born on March 14, 1943 in Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia. He is an actor and director, known for Banovic Strahinja (1981), The Meeting Point (1989) and Doci i ostati (1965).

(Macedonian title: , )

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Genre: Feature - Romantic comedy
Released: 2017
Running time: 104 minutes

Director: Nikola-Kole Angelovski
Screenplay: Nikola-Kole Angelovski
Producers: Goran Stojilkovic, Dimitar Nikolov, Vladimir Stojcevski
Leading roles: Nina Dean, Atanas Atanasovski, Aleksandar Mikic

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About the film:

"Oh My Love" is a film about a famous singer, who after a successful tour through Turkey and turbulent emotional problems, after breaking the longstanding love affair, comes to a hotel to rest in peace and quiet, away from the public and journalists. But her former lover comes to see her for last time and from this point everything goes wrong. Surprising meetings, unexpected personalities and situations.


Iskluchivo zholti lalinja YELLOW TULIPS ONLY
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. and October 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Genre: Short film - Drama, Comedy
Released: 2016
Running time: 15 minutes

Director: Kuzman Kuzmanovski
Screenplay: Eva Kamcevska
Producer: Kalina Kuzmanovska
Leading roles: Goran Trufunovski, Aleksandra Pavlova

About the film:

Yellow Tulips Only is a story of Gigo, a writer and independent artist who lives a single life as an introvert and shy person. He gets invited for coffee by a female friend, and it gives him hope that he wont be alone after this get-together. He has heard that she loves yellow tulips. Trying to make a good impression, he decides to find yellow tulips at all costs.


Director Chris Rabbitt is the founder of Relife, an Australian production company with a focus on creative arts in the fields of film and music. He has travelled the world in pursuit of unique musical and cultural experiences, with a mission to create original content which enlightens and entertains.


Showtime: October 29, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.

Genre: Documentary - Music
Released: 2016
Running time: 83 minutes

Director: Chris Rabbitt
Screenplay: Chris Rabbitt, Anthony Fletcher
Producers: Chris Rabbitt, Anthony Fletcher
Leading roles: Sandra Sangiao, Ivan Kovacevic, Robindro Nikolic

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Official Film Website


About the film:

Balkan Roots is an exploration of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra, a band made up of musicians and music from many corners of Europe. Its a fusion of Balkan, Roma and other traditions in a dazzling musical odyssey as the band tours the Balkans and meets and performs with local music stars including the legendary Macedonian Roma musician Ferus Mustafov in Skopje, Macedonia.
Filmed & recorded on location in Serbia, Macedonia,Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia.


Eleonora Veninova is a screenwriter/director who graduated from California State University Northridge with MA in Screenwriting. She is the writer/director of award-winning short fiction films and writer of several scripts for feature films. She is also one of the creators and writer/director of the Macedonian sitcom Prespav, as well as writer/director in the TV show for children Five Plus which is now in its third season. After living and working in Los Angeles at Bold Films and Sixth Sense Productions, as well as in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she currently resides in Skopje, Macedonia where she is working her first feature film Sabattier Effect.

Fighting for Death FIGHTING FOR DEATH
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. and October 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Genre: Short - Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 15 minutes

Director: Eleonora Veninova
Screenplay: Eleonora Veninova
Producer: Goce Kralevski
Leading roles: Mite Grozdanov, Ilija Strumenikovski

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About the film:

The last resident of an abandoned Macedonian village carefully plans his own death and burial next to his wife in the last empty grave in the village. One day an even older man turns up claiming the right to this grave, leading to a bitter fight over life and death.
Fighting for Death was nominated for prizes at the Certamen Internacional de Cortos Ciudad de Soria, Tirana International Film Festival, and the Tuzla Film Festival , and was a prize winner at the Drama Short Film Festival and the International Izmir Short Film Festival.


Dina Duma was born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1991. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje in the department of Film and Television Directing in 2014. Her graduation film THE LAST ACT (2014) screened in international festivals and won several awards, including a Grand Prix at the Montenegro Film Festival. Her most recent short film Elena (2016) premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. Her next short film The She Story will go into production in early 2017. Dina participated in Berlinale Talents in 2016. With a scriptwriting grant from the Macedonian Film Agency, she is currently developing her debut feature SISTER, which won the Coco Post Pitch Award at the Connecting Cottbus 2016.

No poster available ELENA

Showtime: October 29, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Genre: Short - Comedy, Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 16 minutes

Director: Dina Duma
Screenplay: Dina Duma, Jane Spasik
Producer: Vanco Mirakovski
Leading roles: Eva Ras, Jordan Simonov


About the film:

Elena is a seventy-year-old woman who is suffering from dementia. Because of her illness, she thinks she is seventeen and she is in love. Every day David, her son comes to her house dressed as a handyman just so he can spend some time with his mother, hoping that just for a moment she would remember him. However, all she does is talk about her love, and prepares for a date.
Most recently shown at the 38th Manaki Brothers International Cinematography Festival in Bitola, 2017.


Ilija Piperkoski is both an actor and director. He has directed many documentary films and is currently working on a dramatic feature film called Grandfather and Grandson, set for release in 2018.

(Macedonian title: - )

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.

Genre: Documentary - History
Released: 2015
Running time: 60 minutes

Director: Ilija Piperkoski
Screenplay: Aleksandar Kukulev
Producer: Snezana Lupevska Sozen
Leading roles: Mitko Apostolovski, Zarko Dimoski, Petar Gorko

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About the film:

Bloodshed, breakup of families, powerful neighbours, and a desire to destroy Macedonia: The homeland is broken up into many parts but its heroes left with a strong sense of independence and self-identity. One hundred years later, after numerous divisions and destruction, new characters fill the stage but there are still a few steps more to go in the story of Macedonia. Historians from Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia and Macedonia present facts and evidence, some of it never-before revealed. Shot on location in Bitola and the surrounding area.
Shown at Manaki Brothers International Cinematography Festival in Bitola, 2015.


Goran Vukik (1982) graduated film and TV editing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. He lives and works in Skopje as a video editor of documentary films, short films and commercials. He has directed several mountaineering documentary films.


Showtime: October 29, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.

Genre: Short - Documentary
Released: 2016
Running time: 23 minutes

Director: Goran Vukik
Leading roles: Zdravko Dejanovic

About the film:

Macedonian alpinist Zdravko Dejanovic climbed the Himalayas' Annapurna 1 on March 24th, 2014, and planted the Macedonian flag at the summit. Annapurna (8091 metres high) is considered one of the deadliest for mountaineers. Only about 200 people have set foot there. The Macedonian Federation of Mountain Sports said, 'The cruelty of nature and the agony of the climb, and especially during the descent, is made even harder by the enormous avalanches. The extremely low temperatures of about -50C, accompanied by icy wind, resulting frostbites on the face and hands." This film documents Zdravko Dejanovics epic achievement.


Lesley Johnson spent the last ten years in Yellowknife and returned to Toronto to work on her Masters in Film Production at York University. Her previous educational background includes environmental, wildlife and political studies. She became a filmmaker during her time in the North, training in Yellowknife, Amsterdam, and the West coast of Canada. Lesley was the Director of the Yellowknife Film Festival for several years.

No poster available PRINCESS JACK

Showtime: October 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. and October 29, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Genre: Short - Documentary
Released: 2016
Running time: 7 minutes

Director: Lesley Johnson
Leading roles:

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About the film:

Princess Jack is a short documentary about an 11-year-old boy with high-functioning autism, whose world is filled with fairytales and make-believe. The film follows Jack as he creates his first princess ballgown. This film is an intimate portrait of a unique and intelligent child, immersed in his own world, and fully supported by his caring family, dance instructors and sewing teacher.

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