June 29, 2017 • Anonymous
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Growing up in the Republic of Macedonia, Igor Tomeski ’20 earned numerous awards for his television and film productions, and now plans to expand his career at Manhattanville College.
Tomeski got his start at age 10, when a regional television station had him write, direct, and produce content after watching skits he filmed of him and his friends. At 12 he created his first film, and at 18 wrote, directed and produced “Theatrical Hubbub,” a play for his local community theater. His endeavors led to national and international recognition including the 2015 and 2016 Envision College Scholar Award from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an organization founded by Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel.
“Not only am I an ambassador of my country, my region, but also I am a representative of a group of talented young individuals that can shape the world,” he said. “Being recognized by Mr. Nobel is a great responsibility to justifying my future [decisions].”
While Tomeski has already accomplished a lot in filmmaking, he is enjoying the new experiences the Manhattanville Communication and Media Department has provided for him, including getting to use the state of the art technology and working with his fellow students. He joined the student club Manhattanville Video Project, and was able to preview one of his Macedonian-made short films in the student showcase during the International Film Festival this past spring.
“I’ve been working on some small scale projects with some students so far, but I am trying to make a cross-cultural cooperation. Some larger scale films with students from here [Manhattanville] combining with people from Macedonia or Europe,” he said.
Manhattanville also provides Tomeski with the opportunity to build his current network, not just on campus, but in New York City as well, as he makes the short trip into the city for film shoots and other cultural excursions.
The digital media major also plans on giving back to the College. While studying here he has represented Manhattanville at a recent Nobel Family event, and has brought Macedonian customs to campus.
“I promote the Macedonian culture here, so people get familiar with the country, with its values, and with its views,” Tomeski said.
As for the future, Tomeski will be happy as long as he continues making films whether in Macedonia or United States. He also hopes that he can use his position as a NSHSS member, to positively represent Manhattanville College.
Written by Katherine Matuszek ’19
School of Arts and Sciences