ABOUT MUSIC FILM FESTIVALS
Since 1991, the music film festivals organised by the IMZ have sustained a global dialogue, promoting the performing arts across cities, countries and cultures. They are a unique and versatile concept, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages. Having travelled successfully all over Europe to 25 cities and as far as Japan, the USA and Brazil, they've inspired local audiences with the magic and excitement of music, opera and dance. Realizing the notion of a low-threshold to culture for everyone with free and easy-access screenings of music, opera and dance film productions (classical, world music, jazz, pop, ballet and contemporary dance), they can take place outdoors on city squares, beaches or in castles as well as indoors in theatres, historic buildings, universities, schools et al.
One of the most renowned examples is the Film Festival at the Wiener Rathausplatz, for which the IMZ curates and provides the entire programme: First taking place in 1990, it draws more than 860,000 annual visitors, making it the largest festival of its kind worldwide. Past and present international cooperation partners of the IMZ include the Vienna Music Film Festival in Yekaterinburg, New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and many more.
Wiener Rathausplatz © stadt wien marketing
The programmes for these music film festivals are curated by the Vienna-based IMZ International Music + Media Centre. The IMZ is an international business network dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through audiovisual media and draws on over 25 years of experience in organising, producing and curating customised programmes for music film festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors worldwide.
Our music film festivals are booked as a programme highlight by cities, cultural capitals, music festivals, opera houses, embassies, educational institutions, academies and any cultural institution or initiative interested in the performing arts. Thanks to our extensive archive, film database and large international network of renowned film production and distribution companies, concert halls and opera houses, the IMZ is the ideal partner, capable of supplying a complete film programme as well as marketing and PR material. Our customised film programmes can cover an eclectic mix of different music and dance productions as well as special programmes for anniversaries like Beethovenjahr 2020.
Usually taking place in public, highly-frequented venues with a relaxed atmosphere, music film festivals build bridges through the arts. While designed to satisfy lovers of classical music, opera, pop music, dance or documentaries, they constantly strive to inspire those who have had little prior exposure to the performing arts. Our customised film programmes frequently contain well-known musical performances with high recognition value (for example, Carmen and The Magic Flute), to make it easier for newcomers to enjoy the genre for the first time.
About the IMZ
Founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961, the IMZ International Music + Media Centre is a professional umbrella institution which preserves performing arts as a cultural asset. Our 150 member organisations from 30 countries are renowned major production and distribution companies, public or private broadcasters, opera houses, educational institutions, record labels as well as individual producers, directors, scriptwriters, musicians and dancers. We are a professionals` platform, providing customised service and business expertise. Besides international music film festivals, the IMZ also hosts the Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, the world`s largest trade fair for performing arts films, as well as the Austrian semi-final judging for the International Emmy® Awards.
For more information, visit www.imz.at.