Beat Film Festival is an international film festival that presents a short selection of documentaries on music and contemporary culture from all over the world. The festival runs annually for seven days in early June, its program featuring up to 15 films. The festival’s goal is to promote new ways and methods that cultural scene can be documented on the screen and presented to the audience. The festival has no competition, its program represents an in-house choice of films that have been released within the past two years and have never been previously screened in Moscow.

The festival serves as a junction point for music and film and instigates debates among professionals from both fields. The festival identity is designed by a famous Moscow electronic artist Mujuice.

The main festival ground is the “35mm” movie theatre, the largest art house cinema in Moscow that hosts major international and national film festivals and screens indie films, short films and animation with subtitles on a daily basis. The educational ground is the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design founded together with Rem Koolhaas’ design bureau OMA in 2009 that soon gained international acclaim for its innovative approach to culture and education. Strelka hosts educational activities such as master-classes and round tables as well as open-air night screenings.

Founded in 2010, the festival had 2500 admissions in its first year and was widely supported by national and city media. In 2011 the Beat Film Festival runs from June 1 to June 7. It is officially supported by Moscow Department of Culture.

Support for this project was provided in part by the FLEX Alumni Grants Program, which is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (ECA) and administered by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. The opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily express the views of either ECA or the American Councils for International Education.