SKOPJE: The Macedonian Film Agency announced on 8 November 2017 a decision to annul the call for production support for feature films, documentaries, short films and animated films, which was published on 10 February 2017.
The announcement states that “the Call for production support for feature films, documentaries, short films and animated films published on 10.02.2017 on the website of the Macedonian Film Agency in the daily newspapers Vecer and Lajm IS ANNULED by Decision no. 02-1367 / 1 adopted by the acting director on 08.11.2017.“ The decision is signed by the acting director of the Agency Gorjan Tozija.
The explanation given refers to Article 18, wherein the director represents the Agency and is responsible for the material/financial operations and the legality and cost-effectiveness of its operation and makes decisions, directions, plans, programmes and other acts for which he is authorised by law.
The law also designates the Agency “publishes a Call in January of the current year which lasts throughout the year, and decides upon the submitted film projects within the Call two times per year - in April and October of the current year.”
In 2017, no grants were announced, although there were two calls for applications.
Macedonian Government named Gorjan Tozija acting director of the Macedonian Film Agency on 10 August 2017. He replaced Mimi Gjorgoska Ilievska, who was appointed in November 2015.
In September 2017, Macedonian Minister of Culture Robert Alagjozovski confirmed for the media that a new Film Law would be prepared and it would enter into effect after the local elections in October 2017.
FNE spoke with Macedonian producer/directors, who said they are expecting a new call for grants to come in the next weeks, with decisions to be announced as early as two weeks later.