The mission of the agency, founded by the team behind Beat Film Festival, is to discover new territories for documentary cinema in Russia and reach new audiences in collaborations with cultural and commercial partners. Beat Films’ team curates film programmes and special events including screenings, educational events with industry leaders and experts, multimedia exhibitions, concerts and parties.
Documentary Films: Between Fiction and Reality is the first public online course on this topic in Russia, presented at Arzamas, a leading Russian educational platform. The course is narrated by director Marina Razbezhkina, screenwriter Elena Vanina, film critics Mikhail Ratgauz and Alexey Medvedev, as well as other prominent experts. We presented the key films of the course offline, organizing three special screenings with discussions.
Beat Film Festival’s selection for the top Russian streaming service Kinopoisk HD features all the best hits of the festival's past programs: Raving Iran, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bauhaus Spirit and other documentaries about music, fashion, contemporary art and street culture. The partnership with Kinopoisk HD also helped Beat Film Festival to launch its online edition in 2020.
Since 2018, Beat Film Festival and Tinkoff, a major Russian bank, have been presenting the Gala Premieres program: festival hits with big audience appeal. For instance, In 2019, the program featured Free Solo, that year’s Oscar winner for the best documentary. Gala Premieres are held in the first hall of the Oktyabr cinema, the largest in Moscow, and are accompanied by discussions with experts.
In 2019, across eight Russian cities, Beat Film Festival and Levi's celebrated the 50th anniversary of the most famous music festival of the 20th century, with special screenings of Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation. This collaboration was especially apt as, according to those who were there, Levi's were the jeans of choice for Woodstock festivalgoers. The screenings were accompanied by discussions about music and fashion, as well as presentations by local experts.
In 2017, Beat Film Festival organized a private screening of Give Me the Future: Major Lazer in Cuba at Moscow Multimedia Art Museum. The event was produced in collaboration with the global music platform TBRG OPEN, which counts Major Lazer as one of its ambassadors. The screening was followed by an energetic party.
For Beat Weekend 2018, together with Tinkoff bank, we produced a series of special music events across 6 cities. A DJ set in Novosibirsk, karaoke with a live band in Samara, a concert in Yekaterinburg, a party in Kazan — each event featured the most up-and-coming DJ’s and bands playing the hottest venues, topped with a performance by the star British DJ Jamz Supernova at a creative cluster in St. Petersburg.
To mark Beat Weekend Festival 2017, we collaborated with S7 Airlines to send the best films of the Beat Film Festival to fifteen cities across Russia, along with special guest directors, film critics, musicians and DJs — including Morten Trovik, the director of Liberation Day, a documentary charting the ex-Yugoslavian cult band Laibach’s tour of North Korea.
The exhibition of VR works from the superstars of contemporary art, such as Marina Abramovich and Anish Kapoor, occupied an entire floor of the Multimedia Art Museum — the main space for photography and media art in Moscow. This demonstration of complex interactive works on 30 devices was made possible thanks to technical support from HTC, VIVE and MSI.
Beat Films reinvented the concept of the Context.DianaVishneva International Festival of Contemporary Choreography. Along with performances by foreign and Russian choreographers, a series of film premieres became a fully-fledged part of the event. The hit of the 2019 program was the 3D documentary Cunningham by Alla Kovgan, which the Beat Films team, together with the festival, later released on wide distribution in Russia.
For several years, the Beat Films team has been curating film programs at the Moscow Urban Forum, an important international event with a focus on development challenges faced by global megacities. At the forum we present high-profile documentaries about cities and urbanism, aligned with the event’s current agenda.
The Beat Films team curated the 360 Science and Technology Film Festival at the Moscow Polytechnic Museum. We helped to update the concept, inserting the word “technology” in the festival name, as well as enhancing the program with films about virtual reality and appearances from keynote speakers — world-famous popularizers of science, such as the astrophysicist Matt Taylor.
The first Russian festival of documentaries about gastronomic culture, organized by Beat Films in collaboration with the well-known restaurateur Ekaterina Drozdova. Eat Film Festival offers a special experience: screenings combined with thematic pop-up dinners, parties and discussions. In the past years the festival was supported by major global and local brands, such as Singleton, Hotpoint, Mammoth premium vodka, and Kitchen in the District delivery service.