In INALCO marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Njegosh was shown Njegosh documentary directed by Branko Baletic and after this film as homage to early passed legendary Macedonian documentary film maker Ljube Cvetanovski was screened his film "The whole Balkan in one man" dedicated to the artist Omer Kaleshi.
After that the audience had opportunity to see a selection of short and animated films.
The opening ceremony continued at the prestigious cultural center L'Entrepot, which was attended by many representatives of the French media, Ambassadors of Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia and Turkey, as well as representatives of UNESCO, under whose patronage this event takes place. The Director for International Communications at UNESCO, Mr Jacques Rao, read the letter of the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova.
His speech had the mayor of the city Ohrid, Mr. Nikola Bakracheski, who presented Ohrid as a candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2020.
During the opening ceremony French actor Thierry Fremont, handed the lifetime achievement award "SEE Actor" to legendary Meto Jovanovski, who in his exceptionally rich career has made over 60 film roles in all the countries of South-Eastern Europe and with whom they played together in the movie "The Secret Book" by Vlado Cvetanovski.
After the opening ceremony were shown short film "Roses" by University’s of audiovisual arts from Skopje graduated director Goran Bjelanovikj, which this year is selected within the program Short Corner at Cannes, and Croatian film "Night Ship" by Igor Mirkovic.
As a conclusion to the first evening audience enjoyed in the concert of the Macedonian troubadours "La Colonie Volvox", led by the remarkable Saso Gigov Gish, who met with remarkable reception by French audiences.
The festival runs until 25 March and continues in the cultural center L'Entrepot a selection of films from across South-Eastern Europe.