Cinema of North Macedonia

The history of film making in the Republic of North Macedonia dates back over 110 years. 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.[4]

Cinema of North Macedonia
Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian director
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%)

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.

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

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.

See also


  1. "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure - Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. "Table 1: Feature Film Production - Genre/Method of Shooting". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. "Table 11: Exhibition - Admissions & Gross Box Office (GBO)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. "Oscars: Macedonia Bows Out of Foreign Language Category Race". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-23.

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