PRESPA: Serbian actor and director Dragan Bjelogrić is in production with the TV series Shadows over the Balkans / Senke nad Balkanom, a three-season political thriller drama set in the 1930s in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Production started on 1 October 2016 in Serbia where 30 percent of the shooting was completed. Scenes from the TV series are currently shooting on locations in Prespa and Bitola surroundings.
OHRID: Screenwriter and director Ilija Piperkoski is shooting his debut feature film Grandpa and Grandson, produced by Pandora`s box production, in cooperation with Dream Factory and Romania’s Alien film.
SKOPJE: Macedonia, Albania and Croatia had their first ever day-and-date release with the award-winning Dutch children's film Little Gangster by Arne Toonen. On 20 April 2017 it was released simultaneously in the cinemas and available on video on demand (VOD) through Cutaway, Tirana Film Institute and Radar.
SKOPJE: The Serbian/Macedonian/Russian/Bulgarian/French coproduction Requiem for Mrs. J / Rekvijem za gospodju J directed by Bojan Vuletic will open the 20th edition of the Skopje Film Festival, set to take place in Skopje from 20 to 28 April 2017. More than 75 films will be screened at the festival.
SKOPJE: The independent production Horse Riders / Javachi na konji by Marjan Gavrilovski will have its theatrical release on 5 May in the Cinematheque of Macedonia.
SKOPJE: Macedonian documentary film director Marija Dzidzeva is in postproduction with her Macedonian/Serbian debut feature Sacrifice, produced with support from the Macedonian Film Agency and Film Center Serbia.
SKOPJE: Acclaimed 74-year old actor and director Kole Angelovski's comedy Oh My Love will have its world premiere at the 20th Skopje Film Festival (20-28 April 2017) on 21 April 2017 and will be released in Macedonian cinemas on 27 April 2017 by KT Film & Media .
SKOPJE: Macedonia will distribute 507,000 EUR / 31m MKD in 2017 as subsidies for production of domestic documentary and feature programmes on national TV stations and the public broadcaster Macedonian Radio Television. The decision was adopted by the Government during its last session in February 2017.
In 2016 Macedonia celebrated 25 years of filmmaking as an independent country. Macedonian film production remained high in 2016 with an annual budget from the Macedonian Film Agency of 6.5 m EUR. Macedonian producers continued to get involved in international coproductions, and most of the films made in 2016 were majority and minority coproductions. A Macedonian-Italian coproduction development fund was launched in 2016.
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