Secret Ingredient


58th TIFF: World Premiere

Vele can’t afford to buy the expensive medications for his father, who has cancer. Desperate, he steals marijuana from some criminals, makes a cake with it and gives it to him, hoping it will reduce his pain. His father’s health miraculously improves, but Vele is suddenly confronted by their neighbors, who demand the recipe for the “remedial” cake, and by the criminals, who want their drugs back. The greatest challenge, however, is to persuade his father that his life is worth living for.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Gjorce Stavreski
Script: Gjorce Stavreski
Cinematography: Dejan Dimeski
Editing: Martin Ivanov
Sound: Igor Popovski
Music: Branislav Nikolov, Pece Trajkovski, Goce Jovanoski
Actors: Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet
Production: Fragment Film
Producers: Gjorce Stavreski
Co-production: Graal SA
Art Direction: Simo Branov
Costumes: Rade Vasilev
Make Up: Mojca Gorogranc
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: FYROM, Greece
Production Year: 2017
Duration: 104΄
Contact: Wide Management


Gjorce Stavreski

Gjorce Stavreski is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer from North Macedonia. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje at the department of film directing. He was part of the Berlinale Talents Campus (2007), the Eave Producers Workshop (2014), and the “Less is More” Workshop (2019). His shorts, documentaries, and feature films have won prestigious international awards. His debut feature film Secret Ingredient had over 90 film festival selections, was released at HBO Europe, and was the Macedonian submission for the 2019 Oscars.


2005 Adam and Eve (short)
2007 Doma (doc)
2019 Secret Indredient
2023 Are You a Man (short)