This year, when we record the 25th edition of the International Festival of Amateur (non-professional) Film, Сamera 300, "our dream, the dream of all filmmakers from Bitola became a reality". The wish was to organize a film event where the work of film amateurs is valued. Many efforts for organizing such a manifestation were made, and many applications for this kind of cultural event were submitted each year. But in 1979, on the anniversary of the death of Milton Manaki, an initiative was started to organize a film manifestation through which we would permanently prize the great Manaki opus. And it happened… The first Manaki meetings of cinematographers from Yugoslavia were held and today - The International Festival of Cinematographers "The Manaki Brothers".
The initiative for organizing a festival of film non-professional filmmakers started after the independence of the Republic of Macedonia at an unrelated meeting in the Cinema Union of Macedonia, and an initiative has been launched for organizing a festival in Bitola as a recognition and respect for the patron of the Club and the deserved movie actor Milton Manaki and his brother. Thus, in 1993, the First Festival of the Amateur Documentary Film entitled FADF ,"CAMERA 300" was organized. All clubs from Macedonia and authors with their films filmed on a film strip of 8, super8 and 16 mm joined the festival which was held on November 4th - the day of the liberation of Bitola and as such, it is being held on the eve of this day, that is the last weekend in October. The next year the festival was organized with guests from the Club from Serbia, the third edition was planned to be with international participants from Serbia and Bulgaria and to continue as an international festival where films are regularly delivered by authors and clubs from many countries of Europe and the world.
By joining the Cinema Union in the world association UNIKA, the festival received a lot, both in the number of participants and in the quality of the films that came to it. A special great advantage for the organizer of the Festival is that it is under the patronage of UNICA. UNICA's huge popularity in the world brought new quality of the films that come to the festival. The jury that evaluates the films and determines the winners of the festival is always an international one. In the past period of the festival, over 800 films from over 18 countries took part. The highest Grand Prix Recognition - Milton Manaki - was taken by a large number of authors, some authors even more times. This year, on its 25th edition, the number of participants is much larger than the previous years.
We, the organizers of the Festival, thank all the previous participants and wish them further success in the field of film. Some of them became professionals in the domain of film art (directors, cameramen, editors, etc.).