Cinema of North Macedonia

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Cinema of North Macedonia
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No. of screens18 (2009)[1]
 • Per capita0.9 per 100,000 (2009)[1]
Produced feature films (2010)[2]
Number of admissions (2011)[3]
National films24,986 (20.9%)

Cinema of North Macedonia refers to film industry based in North Macedonia or any motion-picture made by Macedonians abroad. The first film directors were Janaki and Milton Manaki, the first feature film produced by the country was Frosina (1952) and the most famous director is Milčo Mančevski. The first and only Macedonian movie theater chain is Kinoverzum.[4]

Throughout the past century, the medium of film has depicted the history, culture and everyday life of the people of North Macedonia. Over the years many Macedonian films have been presented at film festivals around the world and several of these films have won prestigious awards. Two Macedonian films have been nominated for an Academy Award, namely Before the Rain (1994) and Honeyland (2019).

Initial years[edit]

The history of film making in the Republic of North Macedonia dates back over 110 years.[citation needed] The first film to be produced on the territory of the present-day country was made in 1895 by Janaki and Milton Manaki in Bitola, beginning a filmmaking tradition that continues to this day. The country now produces three or four films per year.[5]

The first Macedonian feature film was Frosina, released in 1952 and directed by Vojislav Nanović. The screenplay was written by Vlado Maleski, who wrote the lyrics for the country's national anthem. The first feature film in colour was Miss Stone, a movie about a Protestant missionary in Ottoman Macedonia. It was released in 1958.

Successful movies[edit]

Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian director

The most famous Macedonian director is Milčo Mančevski, whose debut feature film Before the Rain was nominated for an Academy Award. The highest-grossing feature film in North Macedonia was Bal-Can-Can, having been seen by over 500,000 people in its first year alone.

In 2019, the documentary Honeyland, directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, received stellar reviews and universal acclaim from contemporary film critics. It was nominated in the categories for Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, making it the first non-fictional film to receive a nomination in both categories and the country's second nomination at the Academy Awards since 1994.[6] The documentary earned numerous other awards and nominations at international documentary and film awards, including three prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it was the most awarded film that year.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure - Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Table 1: Feature Film Production - Genre/Method of Shooting". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Table 11: Exhibition - Admissions & Gross Box Office (GBO)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ Lazarevska, Marina. "North Macedonia's First Cinema Chain Opens New Cinema in Veles -". Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  5. ^ "Oscars: Macedonia Bows Out of Foreign Language Category Race". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  6. ^ Martinelli, Marissa (13 January 2020). "Honeyland Just Made Oscar History". Slate. The Slate Group. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  7. ^ Kleiman, Evan (3 January 2020). "The documentary 'Honeyland' captures a story of resilience". KCRW. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  8. ^ Squires, Bethy (2 February 2019). "Here Are the Winners of the 2019 Sundance Awards". Vulture. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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