Michael’s virtual reality work has been screened at festivals around the world including Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, Kaleidoscope World Tour, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. He is also one of the recipients of Screen Australia’s 2017 Hot Shots funding for his upcoming interactive work titled ‘The Unknown Patient’.
Michael Beets is a Director for immersive content and digital experiences. He strives on keeping up to date with new technologies, and seeing how traditional storytelling can be converged with new media. Based in Melbourne, Australia, his 10 years in filmmaking and theatre has seen Michael work as a Creative Director and Director in a variety of projects around the world including feature films, TVCs, television, viral marketing, documentaries, and his own personal film and theatre projects. These positions have taken him to places such as Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States, Australia, and Singapore to create content that moves and inspires people.
His interest in merging medias to create a bold new narrative delivery have shaped his recent projects including, ‘Jafri’ (Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival), the ‘Beyond the Wave Campaign’, and ”Self-A Smartphone Theatre Experience’. In 2013, Michael was approached by Sundance to pitch for their invite only New Frontier Story Labs for his transmedia project ‘Champions Eat Eggplant’, and spent 2014 developing projects in the Weiden and Kennedy (Shanghai) Jia program. Michael enjoys collaborative environments, brainstorming ideas and creating stories.