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Avant Première 2019

9-13 February 2019

Scandic Hotel Potsdamerplatz, Berlin

Avant Première, Music + Media Market Berlin is an international trade fair for performing arts films. While premières are shown on film festivals, Avant Première presents performing arts films even earlier and hence offers a crucial information advantage to its participants. More than 550 international experts from major public and private broadcasting stations, distribution companies and production firms gather to get exclusive previews. The Avant Première Screenings provide a comprehensive synopsis of 530 music and dance films, documentaries, portraits, concerts and live recordings - ranging from classical music to contemporary and pop.

Avant Premiere is organized by the IMZ, International Music + Media Centre. It was founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961 to preserve the performing arts as a cultural asset. As global business network for 150 member companies it connects the creators of the performing arts – the world’s renowned stages, dance companies, opera and concert houses – with the audiovisual branches – film and TV production, distribution, public and private broadcasting.

This year's Special Focus “Meet the North” invites Scandinavian, Baltic and Icelandic companies in the field of audiovisual media and performing arts to present themselves to international industry representatives. 


Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin

Festival presentation: 
  • 9-13 February 2019
  • Scandic Hotel Potsdamerplatz, Berlin

Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin is the largest trade fair, market place, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites 600 international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distribution companies, film production companies and performing arts institutions.


Screenings: Coproduction market for the cultural TV industry

The Avant Première Screenings provide a comprehensive synopsis of the latest 600 music + dance films, arts documentaries, artists' portraits, concerts and live recordings, a volume and diversity that is unparalleled. Major market players like ARTE, BBC, ZDF, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Unitel, C Major, Eagle Rock, EuroArts, Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna State Opera or the London Symphony Orchestra present their productions to potential buyers, coproducers or partners and financiers. As annual b2b event, Avant Première contributes to a majority of cultural TV programming in broadcasting + streaming around the globe.


Conference: Industry trends, pitching opportunities + young talent promotion

Programme formats around Avant Première are designed to fit the specific needs of the industry, with special presentations, talks and panels on current issues, booth areas for company presentations and abundant opportunities for networking + exchanging ideas. The upcoming edition features the following highlights:


Special Focus “Innovation Day”

The Innovation Day on 12 February 2019 explores innovative technologies for the Arts and imaginative approaches to filmmaking.


Sunny Side of the Doc + IMZ Pitching Session

Avant Première 2019 shines a special spotlight on performing arts documentaries and allows filmmakers to pitch their projects to internationally renowned experts in a cooperation with Sunny Side of the Doc, the global market place for documentary + factual content.


Broadcaster Lightning Talks

In order to facilitate communication + cooperation between producers + buyers, major international broadcasters + streaming platforms present their future programming + acquisition strategies for cultural content.


One-on-One Expert Session

This format provides participants with the exclusive chance to present their projects to senior executives from major international broadcasting companies.


Cooperation with European Film Market

Avant Première continues to expand its cooperation with the EFM - European Film Market, the business section of Berlin International Film Festival involving special deals for attendants.

Festival Logo: 
Art, Dance, Music
Festival Info
Next Festival Dates: 
02/09/2019 - 02/13/2019
Festival Organization
IMZ International Music + Media Centre
Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19
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About AvantPremière

Ebner Marta
(IMZ International Music + Media Centre)

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.



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