Fighting for Death

Original Format: DCP

Year of Release: 2016

Running Time: 15′

Director: Eleonora Veninova

Producer: Goce Kralevski

Editor: Goce Kralevski

Screen Writer: Eleonora Veninova

Director of Photography: Dimo Popov

Music: Kristian Sensini

Principal Cast: Mite Grozdanov, Ilija Strumenikovski

Brief Synopsis:

The last remaining occupant of a deserted Macedonian village, Grandpa Milojko, visits his wife’s grave. He carefully plans his own death and burial in the empty grave next to his wife’s. His plan seems perfect until one morning he faces an even older man than him, Grandpa Janko, sitting on the other side of the open grave. Janko claims that the open grave belongs to his parents and he has the right to inhabit it. The two men start arguing about who gets to die in the last grave. In an absurd twist of fate, Milojko’s fight for death turns into a battle for the life of a man he doesn’t even know.


  • Izmir International Short Film Festival, Izmir, Turkey, 2016 – Golden Cat Award for second best international film
  • Drama International Film Festival, Drama, Greece, 2016 – Special Award for Best Male Acting)
  • Regensburg Short Film Week, Regensburg, Germany, 2017 (Official Selection)
  • Vilnius Film Festival- Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017 (Official Selection)
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2016 (Official selection – Focus on World Cinema)
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol, UK, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio, USA, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Kinenova Skopje, Macedonia, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Certamen Internacional de Cortos Ciudad de Soria, Spain, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Bogotashorts, Bogota, Columbia, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Goa Arts and Literature Festival, India, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Ohrid Film Festival, Ohrid, Macedonia 2016 (Official selection)
  • Filmski Front Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana, Albania, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Manaki Brothers Film Festival, Bitola, Macedonia, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Linea d’Ombra – Festival Culture Giovani, Salerno, Italy, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Jagran Film Festival, India, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Tuzla International Film Festival, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Live at Heart Festival, Orebro, Sweden, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Skopje Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 2016 (Official selection)
  • Macedonian Cinema Days, Sydney Astralia 2016 (Official selection)
  • Cinedays, Skopje, Macedonia 2017
  • South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA 2017 (Official selection)
  • Balkan Film Food Festival, Pogradec, Albania 2017 – Award for Best short Comedy
  • Pula Film Festival, Pula, Hrvatska, 2017
  • SEE A PARIS, Paris, France, 2017
  • Divan Film Festival, Cetate, Romania, 2017
  • ODA, Tetovo, Macedonia, 2017 – Best Editing award
  • Macedonian Film Festival, Toronto, Canada 2017 – Best Short
  • Festival Mediteranskog i Evropskog Filma, Trebinje, BIH 2017
  • Mediterranean short Film Festival of Tangier, Tangier, Morroco 2017- Special mention
  • Jinzan Hancheng International Short Film Festival, Hancheng, China 2017
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Forlì, Italy 2017
  • Kultivator Festival, Skopje, Macedonia 2017
  • International Bosporus Film Festival, Istanbul,Turkey 2017
  • Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival – Award for Best Cinematography
  • aviFEST, Podgorica, Montenegro 2017
  • Restl Fest, Belgrad, Serbia 2017
  • Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland, 2018
  • Aaretaler Kurzfilmfestival, Münsingen, Switzerland 2018
  • Link International Film Festival, Virginia Water, United Kingdom 2018
  • Minsk International Short Film Festival “Kinosmena”, Mnsk, Belarus 2018
  • Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage, Switzerland 2018

Production Companies:
DNF Films  
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