Milcho Mancevski

Milcho Manchevski’s acclaimed Before the Rain (1994) is considered “one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema” (Annette Insdorf) and “one of the most important films of the decade” (Ann Kibbey). The New York Times included it on its list “Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made“. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award nomination and 30 other awards.

“Manchevski continues down his distinctive artistic path” (Hollywood Reporter) with the award-winning features Dust (which opened Venice 2001), Shadows, Mothers, Bikini Moon, the short forms The End of Time, Thursday, Macedonia Timeless, 1.73, Arrested Development’s Tennessee and an episode of HBO`s The Wire. “His work stands out in world cinema for its unique way of playing with space, time and emotion” (Keith Brown).

Roger Ebert said, “Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain.” “His unique blend of experimentation, poetry, emotion, and a demand for the active participation of the viewer in the construction of meaning are highly praised.“ (Conor McGrady). His work is part of the curricula at numerous universities and is the subject of many essays and books.

Manchevski holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, European Film Academy and the PEN Club.

He has published books of photographs, essays and fiction; he has also taught and lectured extensively (NYU, Feirstein, EICTV, Babelsberg, London Film School, VGIK, Chicago University, etc.)

Awards for Feature Films
(Bikini Moon)
“Bikini Moon” won a Special Jury Award at the 38th Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival held from February 20th till march 4th in Porto, Portugal.
(Before the Rain)
Academy Award Nomination 1995: Best Foreign-Language Film
Venice Film Festival 1994:

Golden Lion for Best Film

FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics Prize)

The UNICEF Prize 1994

Premio Cinemavenire (Young Viewers’ Prize)

Audience Prize

Rolling Venice Award from the City of Venice

Leoncino d’oro, awarded by the Italian students

International Catholic Organization for the Cinema

Kodak Award for Best First Feature

Francesco Pasineti Syndicate Award for Best Actor, Rade Serbedzija

OCIC Award – Honorable Mention

Sao Paulo Festival 1994: Audience Award for Best Film
Puerto Rico Festival 1994:

Jury Award for Best Film

Audience Award for Best Film

Best Director

Best First Film

Stockholm Festival 1994: Best Debut Film
Mons Festival, Belgium, 1995: Charlot d’or
St Petersburg Festival of Festivals 1995: Grand Prix
Burgos Festival, Spain, 1995: winner of the single Festival Prize
Gorizia Festival of Screenplay, Italy, 1995: Best Screenplay
Film Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1995: Best Film
Panteleria, Italy, 1995: UNESCO Prize
Warsaw Film Fest, 1995: Audience Award
Austria, 1995: Catholic Film Commission Prize
David di Donatello Special Award to a non-Italian film, Italy, 1995
Swedish Film Institute, 1995: Golden Bug for Best Foreign Film
Film Critics Association of Turkey 1995: Best Foreign Film
Mediterranean Prize for Peace and Tolerance, 1995
Independent Spirit Award 1996: Best Foreign-Language Film
Silver Condor, 1997, Argentinian Critics Association, Best Foreign Film


Golden Reel Award Nomination (Best Sound Editing), 2002


Syracuse Film Festival, 2008: Best Actress, Vesna Stanojevska
Park City Film Music Festival, 2008: Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Ryan Shore, composer
Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Actress, Vesna Stanojevska
Macedonian Academy-Award Submission, 2008: Best Foreign-Language Film


European Film Committee recommendation – 24th EFA Film Awards invitation, 2011
Cinema City Festival: FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean), 2011
FEST 2011:

Nebojsa Djukelic Critics Award for Best Film

Special Jury Prize in the selection Europe Out of Europe

MTV Adria Movie Awards: Best Movie nomination, 2011
Macedonian Academy-Award Submission: Best Foreign-Language Film, 2010

Awards for Short Forms
(Macedonia Timeless)
International Tourfilm Festival, Płock, Poland, 2009 Best Commercial Spot
SILAFEST, 2009: Blue Danube Award for Best Cultural Tourist Film
International Festival of Tourist and Ecology Films, Serbia, 2009
Mobius Award, 1st place, Television, Recreation – Entertainment category, 2010

Rolling Stone Magazine, 1994: One of 100 best videos ever
The Village Voice, 1993: Best Video – runner-up
Platinum Record, 1993
MTV, 1992: Best Video – Rap
Billboard, 1992: Best Video: New Pop/Rock Act

Belgrade Alternative, 1985: Best Experimental Film

USA Film Festival, 2014: Festival Award, National Competition

(The End of Time)
Aspen Shortsfest, 2017: Ellen Award, Official Competition
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2017: Special Mention, Experimental Competition
Berlin Experimental Film festival, 2017: Experimental non narratives, Official Competition
Belgrade Alternative Film/Video, 2017: Important Works of the Festival, Official Competition
SanGiò Verona Video Festival; 2018: Best editing, Official Competition
Tirana Film Festival: Best Art Video and Experimental Film, 2018
Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival: Curator’s Choice, 2018

Achievement Awards
Golden Camera 300, Manaki Brothers International Film Festival, Bitola, 2017

Career Award, International Film Festival Fantasporto, Porto, 2016
UMD Macedonian Heritage Public Service Award, 2015
Great Star of Macedonian Cinema Award, Macedonian Society of Film Professionals, 2014
Honorary Doctorate, VGIK, Moscow, Russia, 2013
National Artist (awarded by the President of the Republic of Macedonia), 2012
Central European Initiative, Trieste, 2012
Ambassador of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, 2007
Mother Theresa award for humanitarian work, Mother Theresa Foundation, 2002
October 11 for Major Achievement (highest peacetime award, Republic of Macedonia), 1995
Eastern Star Award, Trieste Film Festival, 2019