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Welcome to Beamafilm, Australia’s premium streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. We’ve carefully curated this collection of over 300 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. Many of our films can only be found on the Beamafilm platform.
We offer a variety of different on-demand viewing options:
Beamafilm is committed to bringing quality documentaries to 'thinking' digital audiences around the world.
We have a focus on Australian stories as well as exploring new paradigms of engagement with consumer and education markets.
Powered by state of the art video streaming and payment technologies the Beamafilm network provides easy online access, high level security and adaptive bitrate. We handle digitising, hosting, distribution, marketing and advertising around your film and then share the revenues generously with rightsholders.
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We invite you to discover something new or re-discover something old. Our growing collection is designed to change the way you see the world. You will notice Beamafilm is mostly about documentaries. We love this genre. Our philosophy is different. We are specialists: we are niche, independent and different. Over 60 % of our documentaries and selected feature films are independently made by Australians - many of which are only available online with Beamafilm. We love films that tell it like it is and some that make us suspend our disbelief.
If it’s the latest doco you want, Beamafilm has the best. Our long association with Madman Entertainment; our partnership with Antidote Films and other niche distributors, has given us films like SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, THE COVE or STORM SURFERS – all prize-winners and favourites from their cinema releases. Or there’s Academy-Award Nominated, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA or 2012 Walkley Award Winner, THEN THE WIND CHANGED. You might have missed them at the cinema or on TV. You might want to see them again. You might know the filmmakers or you might even be in one of our films. You might study film and TV or you might, like Beamafilm’s creators, just love independent film at its best.
You will notice some of our films, like RATS IN THE RANKS, HOPE, KEMIRA:DIARY OF A STRIKE, AUSTRALIA DAZE or STRANGERS IN PARADISE, were produced more than 15 years ago - but age does not weary them nor the years condemn: if you want to know Australia and its people, films like these reveal the abiding truths. Only by seeing these documentary classics can we really know how things have changed.
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Gil Scrine brings a wealth of expertise in film distribution to his role as Director of Acquisitions for Beamafilm. As a noted distributor of art house documentaries and features, Gil has forged many long-lasting relationships within the exhibition community since 1992. Known for its discerning collection of independent producer/director documentaries, Gil Scrine Films relaunched as Antidote Films along with its inclusion of many more DVD releases in 2010. Gil is also the pioneer of a new distribution philosophy known as "Community Targeted Distribution" which explores the potential for social change through the box office. Cinema Ventures links not-for-profit distribution opportunities with audiences that form around the core issues within each documentary. Gil is also an award-winning filmmaker in his own right and in 1990 was awarded the ABC/AFC Documentary Fellowship.
Louise van Rooyen brings 20 years experience in interactive media to her role as Director, Business Development for Beamafilm. Previous roles have included co-founder/MD of leading digital studio Massive Interactive; Asia Pacific head for in-game ad pioneer Massive Incorporated (MSFT) and CEO of AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association). Through her digital consulting company, PPi established in 2001, she developed her passion for unified engagement across the various digital screens spanning internet and mobile devices, video game and connected TV. Louise has a Masters in Anthropology and has conducted fieldwork for exhibitions and books on Polynesian ritual, ceremony and daily life with noted New Zealand photographer Glenn Jowitt. She has also worked extensively in Museums, where she transitioned into the world of digital Edutainment CD-ROM and web production. In 2007 Louise was featured on BRW's 40 Biggest Players of the Australian Digital Age.
"Beamafilm involves experienced players who have demonstrated a commitment to building audiences for Australian screen content outside the mainstream".
Kathleen Drumm - Marketing Director, Screen Australia
Distribute an exceptional range of politically, socially and culturally engaging documentaries for contemporary 'thinking' audiences via state of the art VOD technologies.
Celebrate authentic stories, ideas, art and voices by increasing audiences for documentary and particularly Australian documentary features.
Contribute to the industry's/filmmakers' financial sustainability by providing important sources of secondary income to filmmakers.
Operate as an independent business that deals with independent filmmakers and celebrates independent stories, ideas, art and voices.
Facilitate high levels of interactivity around each film – extending audiences' (and filmmakers') engagement beyond the realms of a traditional screening.