Manaki Brothers celebrating 40 years

ICFF “Manaki Brothers” is celebrating its 40th anniversary and IMAGO is present as the major representative of cinematographers. The festival was the first to be dedicated to cinematography. It was created 40 years ago in south of North Macedonia. The festival is called after The Manaki brothers  in honour to the Balkan film and camera pioneers in the beginning of the XX century working behind a camera registering pictures of the region. 

The opening couldn’t be better by honouring Edward Lachman ASC with the Golden 300 Award which represents exactly the type of camera that the Manaki brothers used.
The festival is already underway and ends this coming Saturday. For more info please follow these LINK:

‘Chernobyl’ Outstanding Cinematography

Congratulations to our member Jakob Ihre FSF who got the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie. His work on episode 2 entitled «Remain Calm» was recognized of being the one to get the award amongst these other nominees: 

Kommer Kleijn, a digital pioneer…

Our recent honorary member Kommer Kleijn SBC has given to SBC website an interview which is worth reading. A passionate man dedicated to his work speaks honestly about his disease which he lived all the time with without knowing it. Only recently he found out what it is. Here is the entire interview.

One more woman presiding a society

Women are taking over the presidency of societies all over the world. Recently our associate member DFP from Peru has elected for president Micaela Cajahuaringa replacing Pili Flores Guerra. The number of women presiding societies are growing (check table below) in numbers. It is a good sign of changes taking place all over the world. Women are playing a more active role in the cinematographers societies IMAGO wishes a very fruitful and happy mandate to Micaela Cajahuaringa and to straighten relations as much as it is possible with our federation IMAGO.

DFP (Peru) website:

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 Micaela Cajahuaringa DFP by the camera

The DFP new board
Micaela Cajahuaringa DFP
Vice President
Mario Bassino DFP
Miguel Valencia DFP
International Affairs
José Luis (Pili) Flores-Guerra DFP

Argentina ADF Paola Rizzi
Austria AAC Astrid Heubrandtner
Chile ACC Maura Morales Bergmann
Colombia ADFC Adriana Bernal Martinez
Peru DFP Micaela Cajahuaringa
Russia RGC Ilya Dyomin
Spain AEC Teresa Medina
Estonia ESC Elen Lotman


Three things urgently needs fixing … now!

By IMAGO President, Paul René Roestad FNF

1. Cinematographers needs control of their images

In many countries, cinematographers are still not recognized as an author and are therefore not protected by the copyright laws.
If a stills photographer and a cinematographer makes an exact identical image, the still photographer is recognized as an author and has the copyright of his/her image and can therefore protect it from misuse, unlawful copying and/or unlawful changes.

The Soul of Film- Manaki uniting Cinematographers

The oldest Festival in the World devoted to the Craft of Cinematography is the Manaki Brothers .This year it is celebrating the 40th Anniversary in its birthplace, the North Macedonian city of Bitola. The pioneering filming of Brothers Milton and Yanaki is celebrated in this Balkan crossroads with a passion and love for cinematography reaching into the very heart and soul of film. When the Brothers purchased the Camera300 in London in 1905 there existed no manual guide or American Cinematography magazine to help them as they explored the magic of their new art of film making. The first Balkan cinematographers were their own directors, their own editors and producers. They were true pioneers of their craft and it is to their memory and honour that this Festival is held. The skills they learnt are embodied in the make- up of all cinematographers.

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