SKOPJE: More than 40 films will be screened at the Cinedays Festival of European Film, running 18-24 September at nine open air locations in Skopje. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the festival is being held two months earlier than its regular November dates, with a reduced programme lasting fewer days.

SKOPJE: Irena Stefoska was appointed the Minister of Culture of North Macedonia by the Parliament on 31 August 2020. She took over ministerial duties from Husni Ismaili. 

SKOPJE: The 23rd edition of the Skopje Film Festival, which was due in April, kicks off on 9 September 2020 with open-air screenings, due to COVID-19 restrictions. This edition, which is held until 16 September 2020, will only take place in the open-air cinema of the Cinematheque of North Macedonia, with a limited number of seats and under strict measures.

SKOPJE: The 41st edition of the International Cinematographers` Film Festival Manaki BrothersBrothers won`t be held in its traditional form this year due to the COVID pandemic, but will be celebrated by a formal one-hour event in Bitola on 19 September 2020 as well as several online activities which won't include the online competition screenings.

SKOPJE: The Austrian/French documentary Epicentro by Hubert Sauper won the Onion Award for best film in the main competition of the 11th edition of MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival, whose open-air screenings began on 19 and ended on 26 August 2020. The festival will continue online until 20 September 2020.

SKOPJE: The 11th MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival will hold its first hybrid edition from 19 to 26 August 2020 under the motto "Merge with Silence". The films and content will be available in two open-air cinemas and online and on-demand. This is the first time the festival will be using a virtual platform.

SKOPJE: Macedonian film production is making a strong comeback after the pandemic lockdown with the start of the shooting of the domestic feature Sabattier Effect / Preeksponirano by Eleonora Veninova on 30 June 2020.

SKOPJE: The North Macedonia Film Agency distributed 2,889,430 EUR / 177,700,000 MKD for production grants for feature, short, animation films and documentaries in the first grant call of 2020. The Agency supported six majority feature films including four debuts, three minority coproductions, four majority long documentaries, one minority long documentary, one minority long animation and five short films.

The North Macedonia Film Agency distributed 2,889,430 EUR / 177,700,000 MKD for production grants for feature, short, animated films and documentaries in the first grant call of 2020. The grants were announced on 24 July 2020.

SKOPJE: Open-air film theatres in Skopje have opened their doors to the public following the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions, while regular indoor cinemas are still under COVID-19 restrictions.

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