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Avant Premiere Music + Media Market 2017

The international trade fair for performing arts films

Decision makers and market players come together for four days of intensive network and business opportunities with partners from all over the world. The Avant Première audience is complemented by funding institutions, opera houses, orchestras, music labels, dance companies, festivals and entrepreneurs like directors, script writers and artists, valuing the event as a framework to advance the international art film business. A comprehensive programme around the Avant Première Screenings includes panels facing current sectoral dynamics, Special Presentations featuring industry innovations of the industry, Special Screenings presenting full length evening screenings of acclaimed performing arts films; The Booth Area invites companies to represent themselves in a branded environment, Individual Presentation Rooms allow quiet space for individual presentations and screenings, the Networking Lounge provides space for business meetings.

Avant Première is hosted by IMZ International Music + Media Centre, a global networking platform of leading international production companies, public TV stations, broadcasting and distribution institutions, opera houses, cultural and educational institutions, festivals and music labels. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of music and dance in the audiovisual media.

Among its 150 international members are major market players like the BBC, ZDF, ARTE, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Universal Music as well as individual members like composers, choreographers, musicians and directors. IMZ engages in networking events and activities from programming for film festivals to dance film competitions around the globe and holds a comprehensive film database and directory for the cultural film industry creating synergies for its members.

Kinodot Experimental Film Festival

Kinodot Experimental Film Festival

Kinodot was launched in 2012 as online minimalist short film festival at In five years the project has developed into independent international experimental film festival with live screenings in movie theaters and unconventional venues in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Films submitted to Kinodot must match at least one of the four selection criteria:

No Money - films made without a budget; 
No Mumbling - films without dialogue or narration; 
No Music - films without a music score; 
No Montage - films made without editing, i.e. filmed in one shot.

Kinodot was created to support and distribute new experimental films, and to inspire filmmakers to experiment in their own way. We promote freedom of ideas, formalism, simplicity and self-restriction as oppose to the secondary film production and self-censorship of high budget festivals. We believe that a great film can be created with very basic means, without special education or expensive equipment. We also believe that creating and following a strict set of formal rules can have a liberating effect on every artist. 

FIDBA - International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires , Argentina

FIDBA is the first International Documentary Film Festival in Argentina, a space where cinema of the real, films with the same vocation, dialogue with one another and address the diversity of forms and particular tasks that take reality as material. From this premise, the FIDBA is planned as an annual event in which they will present a selection of new directors, revisit the films of prominent authors and will recover works and films unknown to mainstream audiences.


FIDBA also aims to be a meeting place for authors to widen our perception of reality and ways of expressing it and thinking it out through film, but also the arts, new media formats and new narratives ranging from photography to instalations, from documentary theater to transmedia storytelling, not to mention the intersections between reality and fiction. The Festival is open, in short, to all documentary works that are a reflection and an effort to understand reality.


Facing a market that prevails and makes all relations a part of a great show, documentary film maintains and reaffirms its character, for making every moment and letting rule for things not easily controlled, must necessarily invent forms for always unresolved issues: the documentary is unable to reduce the world to a previous device. And though the procedures are provided, and by nature, insecure, unstable and fragile, that is exactly their strength and driving force: to be there to allow the construction of new maps and to explore over those that are not entirely known to us yet.


First festival of vertical films in Czech republic Vertifilms will be held at the National Gallery in Prague on November 3rd, 2016. Along with screenings of international films shot in portrait format, works of the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE 2016 will be presented. Creators can enter their vertical films until October 28. Chairman of the jury is seasoned Hollywood producer Rick McCallum, who has been behind titles like Star Wars and Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

On Thursday, November 3, in the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia vertical films will be presented. They are in format, which was previously condemned, but now is currently gaining more and more supporters. "Vertifilms Festival, the first of its kind in Czech Republic, aims to highlight the uniqueness of the vertical image. It is format, in which portraits been historically painted, and which is bringing a completely different perspective of the film image. We are pleased to cooperate on this project with Moving Image Department, which has been running for more than a year as a part of the National Gallery in Prague in the Trade Fair Palace. This connection is a proof of the uniqueness and aesthetics of video format that was previously viewed more as a mistake, " says festival director Krystof Safer.

Vertical films will be screened at the imposing canvas nearly ten meters high in the premises of the church of St. Salvator. "Vertifilms is a great supplement of exhibition series Moving Image Department by which the National Gallery in Prague in 2015 expanded its dramaturgy to showcase contemporary creators in new media. Vertifilms is part of the 5th chapter and we are glad that we can give a project based on the polarity of the phenomenon of classic film and completely novel form," says Adam Budak, the Chief Curator of the National Gallery in Prague.

Creators of vertical films might enter the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE 2016. Anyone from around the world can participate by sending his film format 9:16 in length from 1-10 minutes. Deadline is October 28, 2016. Festival closing ceremony will be on November 3, preceded by conference on the phenomenon of vertical video.

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Seeking great short films on mental health, to show them to the world

If you have a short documentary, narrative or animation featuring any kind of mental health issue,
with great storytelling and powerful characters to engage audiences, we want to show it here - and we're offering cash prizes for the best submissions.


  • Celebrates and promotes filmmakers whose work aligns with the MHC mission of awareness and public benefit
  • All Official Selections will be webcast on the Mental Health Channel, potentially to millions of viewers, and promoted through MHC web and social media networks
  • Cash Prizes for Top Winners:
  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

- All styles are welcome (Documentary, Narrative, Animated, Experimental or Music Video)
- MUST BE 20 MINUTES OR LESS and produced in the last 10 years
- Multiple entries are permitted
- High Production Value Required

Submissions accepted only through or


Dance on Camera Festival

Inaugurated In 1971 And Co-Presented Annually With The Film Society Of Lincoln Center Since 1996, Dance On Camera Festival Remains The Longest-Running Dance Film Festival In The World, Providing A Platform For Choreographic Storytelling And Creative Expression, And Intimate Access To Innovative Media Artists And Their Cinematic Works.
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