Berlin: Constructive meetings with the Heads of “Eurimages” and “European Film Market” – increasing interest in Macedonian cinematography

The Macedonian Minister of culture, Mr. Asaf Ademi and the Macedonian Film Agency director, Mr. Gorjan Tozija met with heads of European Film Market and Eurimages. The meetings took place within the museum Martin Gropius Bau, which is a central venue of the EFM.

During the meeting with the director of the European Film Market, Mr. Matthijs Wouter Knol, the Minister of culture expressed his pleasure over the successful collaboration given that Macedonia has been traditionally present at the market with various activities for promotion of Macedonian cinematography such as film screenings and advertisements of latest Macedonian films. The focus was put on deepening the collaboration and the need for a Macedonian promotional stand in order to achieve greater visibility and promotion of our films, which is of exceptional importance for cinemas from small countries.

On the meeting with the President of Eurimages, Ms Catherine Trautmann and the Executive Director of Eurimages, Mr. Roberto Olla the minister discussed the support that the fund has given to Macedonian projects and the possibility of increasing the chances of quality projects from small countries to receive financial support by Eurimages given the increasing number of applications per year.

There was an evident positive atmosphere regarding Macedonian cinema, due to a Macedonian film in the official run for a Golden Bear Award. For Mr. Ademi, this is a further incentive to European funds to support Macedonian films. He thanked Eurimages for their highly professional collaboration with Macedonia as a member state, hoping that in the future Macedonian cinematography will continue to implement the European strategies of the film industry and to create quality European co-productions.

The world premiere of the film “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija” took place the same day at 4 pm at Berlinale Palast, attended by a number of officials and some of the film’s cast and crew.

 The European Film Market hosted two market screenings of Macedonian films: “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija” by Teona S. Mitevska and “Hey!” by Vasil Hristov.