Beat Film Festival’s National Competition was launched in 2015, when the festival for the first time brought together the works of young Russian documentary filmmakers in the Smena program. The competition is driven by the ambition to develop the Russian documentary film industry, supporting promising directors who make films about the new reality and culture that surrounds them and share Beat Film Festival’s values. The Grand Prix of the National Competition comes with a substantial monetary reward. Participants also compete for the jury’s special mention and special prizes from partners.

More than 50 documentaries made in different parts of the country have premiered at Beat Film Festival’s National Competition. WIth our festival, aspiring directors and cameramen grow into professional filmmakers: their films are later released throughout Russia and go to the major international film festivals. South by Southwest flourished alongside Lena Dunham: she was raised by the festival and then took it to the next level. We wanted to build the same sustainable dynamics — that's why we launched the National Competition
Alena Bocharova
co-founder and managing director of Beat Film Festival