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The festival will be held on October 19, 20 and 21, 2018, at: Carlton Cinema Theatre - Toronto

Milcho Manchevskis acclaimed Before the Rain (1994) is considered one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema (Annette Insdorf) and one of the most important films of the decade (Ann Kibbey). The New York Times included it on its Best 1,000 Films Ever Made list. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award nomination and 30 other awards.

Manchevskis work which also includes the award-winning features Dust (2001), Shadows (2008), Mothers (2010), and the award-winning short forms The End of Time (2017), Thursday (2013), Macedonia Timeless (2009) Tennessee (1992) and 1.73 (1984), and an episode of HBOs The Wire (2002) stands out in world cinema for its unique way of playing with space, time and emotion (Keith Brown). Roger Ebert said, Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain. His unique blend of experimentation, poetry, emotion and a demand for the active participation of the viewer in the construction of meaning are highly praised. (ConorMcGrady)

Manchevskis work has screened at more than three hundred festivals, and has been distributed in more than 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video). He holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow, Russia and is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the European Film Academy and the PEN Club. He has served on festival juries in Venice, Shanghai, Warsaw, Locarno, Vilnius, Pula, Munich, Rostov-on-Don, among others. His work is part of the curricula at numerous universities and is the subject of many essays and books.

Bikini MoonBIKINI MOON - Canadian Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 7:00 p.m.

(Adult themes, coarse language)

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Genre: Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 64 minutes

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski, W.P. Rosenthal
Producers: Anja Wedell, Munire Armstrong
Leading roles: Condola Rashad, Sarah Goldberg, Will Janowitz

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At a homeless drop-in centre in New York City, a documentary crew finds Bikini Moon Davis, looking for help and a place to stay. With wide, lively eyes and a broad smile, Bikini is provocative, bold, and dynamic and also clearly in a troubled mental state. Claiming she drove a forklift in the Iraq war and was trained as a carpenter just like Jesus, with tits shes been on and off the streets, while hoping to stabilize her life enough to get back her young daughter from a foster home.

Something about Bikini grabs the attention of volunteer social worker (and documentary producer) Kate Skyler, who is seen convincing the films director (and her live-in boyfriend), Trevor Hood, that they should make the extra effort to help Bikini get back on her feet. Its impossible for Trevor not to agree that Bikini is a fascinating subject, ignoring the ethical problem of documentarians getting too involved in their subjects lives.

This very modern, urban fairy tale set amidst a fractured ideal of family is presented as a documentary that unravels, reveals, and reimagines itself alongside its unpredictable subject. BIKINI MOONs film-within-a-film structure unpacks and examines the way we look at the world through media that demands to be seen as reality, while asking the uncomfortable questions about the often exploitative relationship between media and its subjects. Ultimately, documenting Bikinis life means seeing the world from her point of view without judgement, no matter how fantastic, frightening and ecstatic that view might be.


A brilliant auteur film. Positioned on the delicate line between fiction and documentary, Bikini Moon is a modern, urban fairy tale, with a fascinating narrative, imposing itself as one of the best films of 2017, with the marvelous Condola Rashad. ~Felipe Brida, Cinema na Web

This is the entirely fresh and original work of a master filmmaker ~The Movie Gourmet

If Bikini Moon were not such a decidedly independent and small movie, an Oscar nomination for best actress wouldnt be out of the question ~Cineuropa

Awards and Screenings:

Bikini Moon was the winner of the Directors' Week Special Jury Award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival of Portugal, a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival, and has been screened at several festivals including the Sao Paolo Film Festival, the Belgrade Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival in California and the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

Manchevski on Bikini Moon:

"I'm trying to explore the loss of privacy to the media and the nature of truth as seen in the media today. When we watch a documentary, is it true? Is reality TV true? Or what if we just see a little snippet of something on YouTube how much is a matter of context? On the one hand, we may be getting more finicky about the truth in terms of asking for context; but on the other hand, we are more cavalier, because now people say we are living in post-truth and fake news has become ubiquitous. Still, all of this matters only when there is a real human story at the heart of it all.

BIKINI MOON is a film that is dominated by its rigorous documentary style. This is something Manchevski believes all viewers have a keen critical instinct for: Reality TV is a perfect example of how easy truth is to manipulate as are documentaries, for that matter. And in the last several years, we are all living inside our own mediated bubbles, we see people being immersed in their own various aspects of telling the truth. Every single one of us walks around with a camera in their pocket and can make what really happened accessible in seconds but we have less real truth, less wisdom.


Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - (with "A Name is a Name")

Genre: Excerpt of a upcoming Feature Film
Released: 2018
Running time: 8 minutes


After an argument, Lydia and her Baba Jana reminisce over Babas old school photos from Bulgarian Occupied Macedonia. Baba recalls when Macedonian children received an education at the Bulgarian School and the moment she fell in love with Dedo.


Sigurjon Einarsson was born in Iceland but has now lived in Norway for over 30 years. He has made numerous TV programs and documentary films, as well as over 300 TV commercials and music videos and his 33 years of filmmaking has taken him around the world. In addition to his filmmaking, Sigurjon has been involved with the music industry and he has worked closely with Morten Harket for the past 18 years. Sigurjon was involved in the East Timor struggle for independence and produced a film about that sad story. He continues with new documentary films about people and stories that need a spotlight.

A Name Is a NameA NAME IS A NAME
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 2:30 p.m.
Q & A with Jason Miko after screening

Sponsored by: Pellacom Properties Ltd (Jim Repas)

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2009
Running time: 50 minutes

Director: Sigurjon Einarsson
Screenplay: Sigurjon Einarsson and Jason Miko
Producers: Jason Miko and Aleksandar Bilbilov
Leading roles: Sigurjon Einarsson

Movie trailer

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A Name is a Name, shown previously at the Macedonian Film Festival in 2009 as a World Premiere. It is a classic road film made over a period of seven months in the Republic of Macedonia. At its heart, the film is about a group of people who call themselves Macedonian and what it means to them to be known as such. The story line is that of a Scandinavian man who comes to Macedonia, rents a motorcycle and travels around the country talking to Macedonians from all classes and backgrounds. Interspersed throughout the conversations is Macedonia itself the stunning landscapes and scenery that make up the gentle country and ancient land. The re-showing of this film is timely--just four months after the signing of the Prespa Agreement between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, in which the Greek government has finally and formally agreed that the Macedonian people are Macedonians and their language is the Macedonian language.


Brother for a DayBROTHER FOR A DAY
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Short, Drama, Family
Released: 2015
Running time: 12 minutes

Director: Stojan Vujicic
Screenplay: Eva Kamchevska
Producers: Ognen Antov
Leading roles: Toni Mihajlovski, Kamka Tocinovski

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A five-year-old girl, with busy and pre-occupied middle-class parents, befriends a Roma boy on the street.

A story of our city, our streets, our neighbourhood. And it can happen anywhere. A modern family of three, in a race against time and money, dont spend enough time with their 5-year-old daughter, Ana. They do not have the time or the nerves to explain real family values to her, so she gets what she wants, sometimes without reason. One day she meets a Roma boy on the street...

Awards and Screenings:

Official Selection: Children's Film Festival - Bangladesh, Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival, Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, Sweet As Festival


No Poster CONFLICT (based on actual events)
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Short, Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 10 minutes

Director: Filip Matevski
Screenplay: Ivana Nelkoska, Filip Matevski
Producer: Sasho Cvetkovski
Leading roles: Nenad Nacev



During the conflict in Macedonia in 2001, Borce, a guitar student who aspires to be a musician, is mobilized for active service. He travels in a truck along with other inexperienced young soldiers, and one professional soldier. On the road, the convoy is ambushed and all hell breaks loose. The only person not affected by the events is the professional soldier. He tries to lead the other soldiers to safety but their inexperience leads many to their deaths. Borce repeatedly endangers himself as he tries to save other soldiers. Promises have been made but will they be kept? A helicopter is coming but is it too late to save anybody? The story ends at the base with another convoy of soldiers preparing to depart. The evil cycle of war starts over again.


Mitko Panov was born in 1963 in Skopje, Macedonia. He holds both Swiss and Macedonian citizenship. From 1983-88 he studied directing at the Lodz Film School. From 1992-95 he was Assistant Professor of film directing at Tisch School of the Arts, New York and in 1992 was a founding member of New York Film Academy and its Paris branch in 1998. He was visiting Professor at the HFF (Hochschule fur Fernsehen und Film) Munich from 1995-99. He held the position of Associate Professor, film production and directing, University of Texas in Austin, from 1998-2008. His films have won many international awards including the Golden Palm for best short film in Cannes (1991).

Panov is recipient of a number of grants and fellowships including the Rockefeller Fellowship for US Film and Media artists, the Guggenheim Fellowship for distinguished artists and scholars and the Sundance Soros Documentary Film Grant.

The Witness I WITNESS (a.k.a. Wait for Me)
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 21, 2018 (Sunday) - 7:00 p.m.
Special Presentation by Director Mitko Panov - Q & A with Mitko Panov

Sponsored by: Canadian Macedonian Place Foundation

(Adult themes, coarse language)

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Genre: Feature - Action, Drama
Released: 2016
Running time: 113 minutes

Director: Mitko Panov
Screenplay: Mitko Panov, Wadyslaw Pasikowski, David Riker
Producers: Francine Lusser, Gerard Monier, Jean-Luc Ormieres, Mitko Panov
Leading roles: Bruno Ganz, Natasha Petrovic, Padraic Delaney

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Wait for Me aka I Witness is a political thriller/action drama about an enthusiastic junior officer from The Hague War Tribunal in pursuit of justice. The arrest of General Miro Pantic ends a decade-long manhunt that had frustrated his Western pursuers and left festering one of the bloodiest chapters in Europes recent history. He had been indicted by a War Crimes Tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity, but when an young envoy from The Hague (Padraic Delaney) goes looking for an internal witness Nikola Radin, alas The General (Bruno Ganz) - the problems begin. No one wants The General to testify against Pantic, whom they perceive as their national hero. The fierce manhunt in the Balkan mountains will give a life-changing lesson to the young envoy who will come to understand that there are many more shades to what he thought was a black-and-white picture.

Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska LJUBO STEFANOV and TAMARA KOTEVSKA

Ljubo Stefanov was born 1975 in Skopje. He has over 20 years of experience in development and realization of communication concepts (promotional, public awareness campaigns) and production of documentaries and videos generally devoted to projects related to environmental issues and human development. He has worked for clients such UN agencies, Euronatur, and Swisscontact. Previous films include The Noisy Neighbours (2006) and Balkan Lynx - Big Cat Standing Little Chance (2014). Upcoming work, again in partnership with Tamara Kotevska, is Honeyland, already a prizewinner in pre-production and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The film is now in post-production.

Tamara Kotevska was born in 1993, in Prilep, Macedonia. As writer and director and while still a student, she won the Best Balkan Film international film award in the official competition of the Tirana International Documentary Film Festival with her graduation project, the documentary Studants (49 minutes), supported by Filmtrick and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts- Skopje. Lake of Apples, for which she was writer and co-producer in collaboration with Ljubo Stefanov, is her first professional work. Working again with Ljubo Stefanov, her upcoming film, Honeyland, has already gained extensive pre-production recognition, including Best Work in Progress, Sarajevo Film Festival.

Lake of Apples LAKE OF APPLES - Canadian Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 21, 2018 (Sunday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2017
Running time: 30 minutes

Director: Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
Producer: Ljubo Stefanov, Apolo Media in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

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Filmed over the course of one year, this documentary follows the changing fortunes of beautiful Lake Prespa one of the oldest freshwater lakes on Earth, providing a habitat for over 2,000 species of plants and animals, many of them unique to this ancient ecosystem.

An elderly fisherman rows out across the lake to check on his fishing nets. Its the same trip hes made every morning for most of his life. But other things have changed. The famous pelicans and cormorants are not staying here in the same numbers any more. And the fishermans nets now only catch algae. The future for the lake and all the lives that depend on it are highly uncertain.

Zoran and Frosina, two scientists, set out to investigate the causes of the problem, meticulously sampling and analysing the water. As they put the pieces of the puzzle together, they uncover some of the deepest secrets of the lake and reveal some uncomfortable truths about the human causes of the pollution that has been destroying the lake.

With this discovery comes hope, however, as a major effort is now underway to address the problem.

With funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped reverse pollution in Lake Prespa. It took 15 years and 15 million USD but finally, after decades of deterioration, the state of Lake Prespa is improving said Louisa Vinton, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Skopje, Louisa Vinton.

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Awards and Screenings:

This film was the winner at festivals around the world including Prix de l'Environnement, Festival International Nature, Namur Belgium, Best Screenplay and Best Ecology Film, Silafest, Serbia, Best Short Film, Albania Environmental Film Festival, and Perseus Award, T Film Festival, Brno, Czech Republic. It has been screened at at many environmental festivals around the world including in Geneva, Switzerland for World Water Day and in New York during the United Nations General Assembly Week.

Winner, Prix de l'Environnement, Festival International Nature, Namur Belgium
Winner, Best Screenplay and Best Ecology Film, Silafest, Veliko Gradiste, Serbia
Winner, Best Short Film, Albania Environmental Film Festival
Winner, Best Ecology Film, Green Montenegro International Film Fest
Winner, Perseus Award, T Film Festival, Brno, Czech Republic
Honourable Mention, Best Environmental Film category, Innsbruck Nature Film Festival

List of Screenings:
Mountainfilm International Festival, Graz, Austria
The Science Film Festival (Goethe Institute): screenings in Myanmar, The Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India.
Columbia University, New York: screening on the occasion of United Nations General Assembly Week
Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Matsalu, Estonia
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands/UNDP, Geneva, Switzerland for World Water Day 2017)


Nikolce Popovski is a film and television director. He has done several projects on film and television. His signature as director stands on two short documentaries (Komaja, Bale), three short fiction movies (All or nothing, Just before the end, The last church bells), several feature-length documentaries, one feature length fiction movie (Happy new 903), two documentary series, over 150 episodes of television series and various television broadcasts as well. At the moment, having recently finished The Last Church Bells, he is working on the post-production of a fictional series entitled as The Red Poet, which deals with the life of one of the most important Macedonian poets Kocho Racin. Nikolce Popovski graduated at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, at the department of film and TV directing in 2006, in the class of Prof. Stole Popov. He began his professional engagement during his studies and has since then gained professional experience from several fictional, documentary and other projects for film and television.

(Macedonian title: )

Showtimes: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m. & October 21, 2018 (Sunday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Short, Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 13 minutes

Director: Nikolce Popovski
Screenplay: Nikolce Popovski
Producers: Goce Kralevski
Leading roles: Meto Jovanovski

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The last remaining occupant of an old abandoned village uses a church bell to communicate with the last remaining occupant of a neighbouring village. One day, the old man is extremely disturbed by the fact that the bell from the other village is silent. He decides to go to the other village, where he finds his friend dead. He buries him and then returns to his everyday life. After a while, the old man is disturbed again when the usual silence is broken by the bell from the other village.

Filmed in the villages of Lubojno and Brajchino, Macedonia

Awards and Screenings:

The Last Church Bells was winner of several prizes including best short film at both the Montreal World Film Festival and the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival, and has been shown at more than a dozen film festivals around the world including Belgiums Leuven International Short Film Festival, Irelands Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, and Australias Macedonian Cinema Days in Sydney.

Winner, Best short film, Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2017
Winner : Saint-Petersburg International film Festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia 2018
Award for Best Cinematography Light for World Festival
2nd place, Short Fiction Competition, Yaroslavl, Russia 2018

List of Screenings:
International Short Film Festival in Drama, Drama, Greece 2017
Kinenova, Skopje, Macedonia 2017
Cinedays, Skopje, Macedonia 2017
Leuven international short film festival, Leuven, Belgium 2017
Sylhet Film Festival, Sylhet, Bangladesh 2018
Globe International Silent Film Festival, USA 2018
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland, 2018
Skopje Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia 2018
Balkan Film Food Festival, Pogradec, Albania 2018
Kraljevski filmski festival, Kraljevo, Serbia 2018
Macedonian Cinema Days, Sydney Australia 2018


Jani Bojadzi mostly produced his own films and television projects. But he`s also a producer of many television productions of Chanel 5 TV Macedonia of fiction, documentary, shows and other departments. He`s also a producer of Vasil Mihail`s film ,,Pagliacci,, and producer of the TV serial ,,Stories from Macedonia,, as producer in Chanel 5 TV Macedonia in the fiction and documentary production department.

Jani Bojadzi, 1970, born in Strumica, Macedonia in family of refuges from civil war in Greece. High Sholl finished in Macedonia & Academy for theater & film art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jani Bojadzi work in film, theatre & television as writer, producer & director. Hes a actual Executive Producer of National television Chanel 5 in Skopje.

Mocking of Christ MOCKING OF CHRIST - Toronto Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 4:00 p.m.

(Adult themes, coarse language, violence)

Genre: Feature film
Released: 2018
Running time: 152 minutes

Director: Jani Bojadzi
Screenplay: Jani Bojadzi
Producers: Orion Production, Candela & STVA
Leading roles: Ljupcho Todorovski, Ioanna Pilihou, Meto Jovanovski, Joana Popovska

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After an absence of twenty years, Alexander travels to his birthplace to discover the truth about his father. Family history reveals that his father married his mother, Marija, despite the opposition of her family. They are Greeks who have come from Turkey to the village of Lazars father. Lazar, an indigenous Macedonian, is part of a group of communists who fought in the civil war in Greece which they subsequently lost. Shortly after their marriage, Lazar, condemned for being a communist, is forced to leave the village and had to leave a pregnant Marjia with her family. Alexander is born and any mention of his father is strictly forbidden. In high school he receives a scholarship and leaves for Paris where he becomes a journalist and political analyst.

He meets Andrea, a photographer, and they travel together from Athens to Alexanders birthplace, a small village situated near the border with the neighbouring state of Macedonia. He is contacted by a group of anarchists who are plotting terrorist attacks to protest the Greek disputation of Macedonia. They consider his father, Lazar, to be a hero and expect Alexander to join them. He refuses. He is confronted by family discord and the larger schism of village society which divides native Macedonians and newcomer Greeks.

While Alexander contends with family issues, Andrea renews her passion for photography. Enchanted with the beautiful landscapes and its peoples, she documents their travels and Alexanders homecoming.

A complex journey in all its drama and richness, which ends tragically.


Born in Belgrade in 1977. MA in film and TV directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. As a co-writer, he has collaborated with Stefan Arsenijevic on the omnibus Lost and Found (Serbian story) and feature Love and Other Crimes, premiered at 58th Berlinale in selection Panorama Special, for which he was two times granted a best script award at the national festivals.

His first feature film Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in East of the West competition. It won several national and international awards such as: FEDEORA Critic Award at Pula Film Festival, FIPRESCI Award at Cinema City Film Festival, and Special jury prize in Jeonju, South Korea FF.

His second feature Requiem for Mrs. J. had its world premiere at 67th Berlinale in selection Panorama Special.

Requiem for Mrs. J REQUIEM FOR MRS. J - Toronto Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 9:00 p.m.

Genre: Feature - Drama
Released: 2015
Running time: 94 minutes

Director: Bojan Vuletic
Screenplay: Bojan Vuletic
Producer: Nenad Dukic, Pavlina Jeleva, Tomi Salkovski
Leading roles: Mirjana Karanovic, Danica Nedeljkovic, Jovana Gavrilovic

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Jelena has had enough of life. Her husband died a year ago, and she feels tired and lonely in spite of her two daughters and her mother-in-law who all share her flat. She has decided that, at the end of the week, on the anniversary of her husbands death, she will commit suicide. She has a pistol ready for the job. But beforehand, there are a number of things to sort out: she needs to return an armchair she borrowed from a neighbour and terminate her life insurance policy; she needs to get a mason to put her portrait photograph on her gravestone and renew her health insurance card. In order to do so, Jelena needs proof that she has been a salaried employee for the past twenty years. Gradually, this quiet, humble woman begins to realise that nothings simple in a country thats constantly swinging back and forth between torment and transition. The authorities are unable to cope, Jelenas former employers are now bankrupt and the remaining staff are just killing time. And the end of the week is drawing near.

Awards and Screenings:

Winner, Best Film, Jury Prize, and Milutin Colic Award - National Program, FEST International Film Festival, Belgrade
Winner, Statueta Sloboda prize for Best Director, SOFEST Film Festival 2017
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Sofia International Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Barge Prize, Vukovar Film Festival
Winner, Golden Lily Prize for Best Film, Wiesbaden Go East Festival, Germany
Nominee, Politiken's Audience Award CPH PIX
Screenings at film festivals throughout Europe and beyond.


Secret Ingredient is the first feature film by the Macedonian director Gjorche Stavreski. Gjorce Stavreski was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated from the Department of Film Direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. He is an awarded film and video professional who has made films, documentaries and over 100 commercials, working as director, producer and screenwriter. His films have been shown at many festivals throughout the world, winning international awards. As a child he was a math prodigy and recipient of the prestigious national award 13th of November for math and sciences.

Iscelitel SECRET INGREDIENT (Iscelitel) - Canadian Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

Showtimes: October 19, 2018 (Friday) - 7:00 p.m. & October 21, 2018 (Sunday) - 3:00 p.m.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 104 minutes

Director: Gjorce Stavreski
Screenplay: Gjorce Stavreski
Producer: Gjorce Stavreski, Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou
Leading roles: Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet

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Vele is an underpaid train mechanic who uses stolen marijuana to make a cake to relieve his fathers cancer pain. He suddenly finds himself cornered by the criminals looking for their drugs and by the nosy neighbours who want the recipe for this healing cake. This is a timely look at an issue many countries are facing and one Macedonians solution.

Awards and Accolades:

Secret Ingredient is the winner of many competitions at festivals around the world including those of Aubagne, Thessaloniki, Santa Barbara, Bergamo, Rome (FrancoFilm), and Sofia. It also was the official selection and prize nominee at many international film festivals, most recently, Cleveland International Film Festival. It was the first Macedonian film to be featured on HBO Go (Europe).

Winner, Best Feature Film, Aubagne Film Festival;
Winner, Audience Award for Best Film, Thessaloniki International Film Festival;
Winner, Best International Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival;
Winner, Ubi Banca Prize for Best Film, Bergamo Film Meeting 2018;
Winner, Special Mention Award, FrancoFilm, Rome;
Winner, Special Mention Award, Balkan competition, Sofia Film Fest 2018;
Winner, Best Debut Film, LET'S CEE Film Festival 2018;
Featured--the first Macedonian film to be featured on HBO Go (Europe).

EAVE Scholarship Award, WEMW Pitching Forum, Trieste 2014;
Nominee, VFF Highlight Pitch Award, Berlinale Talent Project Market 2015;
Script Development Award, Macedonian Film Agency 2011;
Best Screenplay Award, Script Corner Workshop, Manaki Brothers Film Festival, Bitola 2013.


Rasit Gorgulu was born in Istanbul in 1985. He graduated 2008 from the University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Cinema and Television. He founded Bor Medya Production in 2011 and continues to work as a company manager. In addition to Secrets from the Past he directed Ceberrut (2016) and several documentary films. His films have garnered acclaim at several film festivals around the world.

Secrets from the Past SECRETS FROM THE PAST
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 21, 2018 (Sunday) - 5:00 p.m.

(Adult themes, sexual content, coarse language)

Genre: Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 105 minutes

Director: Rasit Gorgulu
Screenplay: Irfan Saruhan
Producer: Amira Kudumovic
Leading roles: Natasa Petrovikj, Serkan Senalp, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic

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A twenty-three-year-old young Turkish man falls ill due to a genetic disorder and discovers that his parents are not his biological parents. With little information, he travels to Bosnia in search of his parents. At the hotel he meets a young woman who puts him in touch with others who may be able to help. Through hearing their tortured stories, he learns more about that dark time in Bosnia, and eventually, with love, he is able to put his past to rest.


Giovanni Princigalli is an Italian and Canadian citizen. He studied Political Sciences at the University of Bari (master thesis with the sociologist Franco Cassano about nomadism, travel and emigration); screenwriting with Giuseppe Piccioni and Umberto Contarello (screenplay of Paolo Sorrentino,Gianni Amelio, Nanni Moretti); documentary with C.A. Pinelli (assistant of Federico Fellini) and Annie Comolli (collaborator of Jean Rouch). He taught Italian cinema and documentary. His films were at GZDOC Festival, Festival Internacional de cine de Gibara, Festival de corto metraje de Buenos Aires, African Diaspora Film Festival of New York, etc. He won awards from Society of Visual Anthropology, Ethnographic film festival of Belgrad, Mediterraneo Video Festival Documentario Internazionale, Renconte cinematographique de Digne-Les-Bains, SCAM Societe civile des auteurs multimedia.

Story of Vasilka STORY OF VASILKA - Canadian Premiere
(Macedonian title: )

(French and Macedonian with English sub-titles)

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Documentary
Released: 2018
Running time: 35 minutes

Director: Giovanni Princigalli
Producer: Gligor Delev
Leading roles: Vasilka Delev (Grceva)


This film is a real-life portrait of Vasilka, an 84-year old Macedonian now living in Quebec, chronicling her familys history as it unfolds alongside the history of Yugoslavia and its people, from Nazi-fascist occupation, Communism, and finally to emigration and difficult integration into Canada.

The film was commissioned by a Canadian doctor of Macedonian origin, who wanted a film by which his children could remember their grandmother.

The director went beyond this, and made an authoritative, emotional and narrative film using not only personal pictures but also footage from Kintoka (Cinematheque) of Skopje. The film was made with a small team of film students.

This portrayal of a Macedonian-Canadian immigrants life-experiences is a must-see for any immigrant to Canada and is sure to be treasured by everyone in the Macedonian diaspora.


Ana Jakimska is a filmmaker based in Skopje, Macedonia. During her four years in film school she authored low-budget short films and music videos. Her professional debut is the short film titled The Children Will Come. Currently, she is developing her first feature film Midnight Train, set in three cities in Southeastern Europe: Belgrade, Skopje, and Thessaloniki.
Jakimska is a Master of Arts Candidate in Film Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, where she is conducting research on the use of colour in film. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and TV Directing in 2016.
Jakimska is an alumni of MIDPOINT Script Development Program and First Films First Young Director's Academy.

The Children will Come THE CHILDREN WILL COME
(Macedonian title: )

Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Short - Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 19 minutes

Director: Ana Jakimska
Screenplay: Branko Kosteski
Producer: Marija Dimitrova, Dejan Krajcevski
Leading roles: Natasa Petrovikj, Shenka Kolozova

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A young teacher, Velika, is sent to a remote village in the mountains to teach the children who live there. However, days pass by and the children never appear. Instead, the only living soul she meets there is an old lady, the school janitor. When the old lady dies, the young teacher is faced with the challenge of keeping herself alive.

Awards and Screenings:

Winner, best short film, Mequinenza International Film Festival, Spain
Winner, Best Debut Film, Tirana International Film Festival, Albania
Winner, Jury Award for Best Short Fiction Film, FerFilm Festival, Kosovo
Winner, Festival Prize , Best Cinematography, (Naum Doksevski), Fastnet Short Film Festival
Nominee, best short film, Shanghai Film Festival
Official Selection, film festivals in South Africa, Morocco, Italy, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo.


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Showtime: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) - 1:15 p.m.

Genre: Short - Drama
Released: 2017
Running time: 12 minutes

Director: Stojan Vujicic
Screenplay: Stojan Vujicic
Producer: Ognen Antov
Leading roles: Dejan Lilic, Christian Power, Nesrin Tair

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Alek is a ten-year-old autistic child. During a family day at the park, Alek disappears. He follows a very tall man that only he can see. Alek walks towards a lake as if hypnotised. We hear his parents calling his name while he is only a step away from the water.

Awards and Screenings:

Touch has been screened at a dozen festivals worldwide including the Switzerland International Film Festival, the Near Nazareth Festival, Israel, the Asia South-East Short Film Festival, the Euregion Film Fest, Netherlands, and the Out of the Can Film Festival, Derby, U.K.

SIFF - Switzerland International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2017
Lamezia Film Fest, Italy, 2017
Cinedays - Festival of European Film, Macedonia, 2017
Near Nazareth Festival, Israel, 2017
Short and Sweet Film Festival, Utah USA, 2017
Asia South-East Short Film Festival, India, 2017 - Honourable mention award
AltFF Alternative Film Festival, Canada, 2017
Out of the can Film Festival, UK, 2017
Nottingham International Microfilm Festival, UK, 2017
Tianchana Fest, Mexico, 2018
Euregion Film Fest, Netherlands, 2018
Findecoin - Independent International Short Film festival "The Day is short" Venezuela, 2018


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