As a hub for the music + dance film industry, the IMZ is committed to a sustainable advancement of this specialised sector
in order to reach + engage new audiences for performing arts.

These goals are reflected in all our multi-faceted activities, while our work is based on four main pillars:
Market Access + Network, Professionalisation, Audience Development and Innovation + New Business Models.

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As the international network for the cultural film industry we connect 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 and streaming platforms. The IMZ represents the interest of the global cultural film industry at a great variety of industry gatherings and thus further enhances the quality + span of the network. Moreover, the IMZ hosts the following b2b events that act as a marketplace for music + dance films and connect international industry representatives.


In order to ensure a sustainable future for this specialised industry, the IMZ spearheads learning + development opportunities. By disseminating state-of-the-art information on current trends, providing crucial resources, fostering knowledge transfer of industry-specific skills and engaging in young talent promotion as well as offering pitching opportunities, the IMZ acts as a strong interest group for industry representatives and the sector as a whole.


The distribution of cultural content through audiovisual media reaches + engages new audiences. In order to build on this effect, the IMZ has been programming Music Film Festivals worldwide since the festival character and the free admission allow for low barriers to attend. Additionally, audience development is also a crucial topic in the IMZ’s professionalisation efforts.


As the IMZ has been the trusted interest group for a constantly evolving industry since 1961, innovation and staying on the pulse of time are deeply embedded in all IMZ Activities. Additionally, we specifically engage in showcasing pioneering technologies for the Arts and spearhead working groups on innovative approaches + solutions for the specialised industry and are committed to share this knowledge with stakeholders from the cultural film sector.


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