Scriptwriter of the Month: Kiril Maksimoski

Kiril Maksimoski, a Macedonian scriptwriter, who was born in Gostivar (Macedonia) and used to live in Karlovac (Croatia), is currently living in Skopje (Macedonia) where he writes and directs film. Since 1998 he authored several short films, screenplays, poems and short stories and in 2018 he had his first feature script FAMILI DAY optioned by an award winning British-Canadian company.

To find out more about the projects he is developing, check out his MTSW profile here.

Watch the scene from one of his favourite films, that he chose for you and then read what he had to tell us.

• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

They are my little champions, each one in its own category and genre. In my opinion they are the best one could do in a drama, war movie, horror…etc.

• Why did you decide to go into film?

Even now I’m not really sure. I tried writing poetry and prose first but could not conclude it. So, then I thought why not try scripts and – voila! – my first feature came out just like that. I like to believe I’m good at script-writing and I can bring something fresh to the world of cinema… I think this is the closest to the reason why I do it now. As for acting and directing it just came along the way… While I was trying to make it as a writer 🙂

• Commercial films or art house?

Must say both. But I slightly prefer commercial. There are a many financially successful films that actually have something to say.

• How and when did you begin writing?

My writing began almost as I learned to write. However, writing for film begun in 2001, same year I made it with my first short script getting produced and I wrote my first feature.

• Where do you like to write the most?

At home.

• What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

No music. Just my thoughts 🙂

• Where do ideas come from?

Can’t tell for sure. It usually begins as one situation or incident gasps me and then ideas begin to flow. I overthink it a lot before I write. The process for me is like 85% thinking and shaping the idea in my head and 15% actual writing and re-writing.

• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

Earlier I would easily say sometime between late 19-th and early 20-th century. Now… I’m not sure. I think I’d like to stay here 🙂