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Beat Film Festival: The largest international documentary film festival in Russia

About Beat Film Festival

Beat Film Festival is the largest international documentary film festival in Russia founded by Alyona Bocharova and Kirill Sorokin. Its main edition takes place in Moscow in late May — early June annually since 2010, and in the Fall its shorter version — under the name of Beat Weekend — travels to fifteen major cities across Russia and CIS.

Founded in 2010 as a music documentary showcase, Beat has grown into a vibrant city-scale film event that presents major international documentary titles with a strong audience appeal, more experimental works playing with art and hybrid forms, and brand new voices from young Russian cinema with a potential to be heard around the globe. Beat Film Festival celebrates works of emerging filmmakers as well as films of prominent directors and helps make them known to the Russian audience.

The festival is known for its careful selection and ability to spotlight every film in the program by joining forces with media partners, cultural institutions and music promoters. Offbeat events combining film with other visual and music formats are a signature feature of the Beat Film Festival program every year. In different year the festival hosted live events with artists like LCD Soundsystem, Placebo, Diplo in presence, extended film panels in conversation with Adam Curtis, David Carr, Grant Gee, Stephen Kijak and official collaborations with other international festivals such as SXSW, CPH:DOX, Sheffield Doc, Manchester International Festival, etc.

We had the pleasure of introducing to Russian audience such high-profile documentaries as FREE SOLO by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, JANE by Brett Morgan, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS by Tim Wardle, FACES PLACES by Agnès Varda, JR and many others.