FEDORA Digital Prize
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Fedora Digital Prize

As of 2019 and in keeping with our commitment to fostering innovation + creativity in the performing arts film industry, the IMZ International Music + Media Centre joins forces with FEDORA, the platform aiming at nurturing European innovation + creativity and at increasing the reach of opera + ballet.

With the FEDORA Digital Prize we advocate new ways of artistic expression and access to opera + ballet through digital innovation. Furthermore, the goal is to stimulate new collaborative approaches through digital innovation across different media. With the IMZ taking part in the competition + judging process as Expert Partner, the FEDORA Digital Prize will fund the winning project with 50.000€ with the support of project partner Kearney.

The call was for innovative + interdisciplinary digital opera + ballet projects advancing artistic creativity on and beyond the stage. Find out more about the competition process + more information below!


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Watch the FEDORA Prizes 2020/2021 Award Ceremony here online and discover all winning teams!


FEDORA is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting + contributing to the future of opera + ballet by nurturing their renewal. Learn more about the platform here!

FEDORA Digital Prize Winner 2021

The winner of the FEDORA Digital Prize 2021 is "Out of the Ordinary" by Irish National Opera (Ireland): An exciting project that harnesses the creativity and life experience of diverse Irish communities that currently have no connection whatsoever to opera. The IMZ warmly congratulates the artistic team to this very experimental + unique project, combining the use of virtual reality and reaching new audiences!



Secretary General, IMZ International Music + Media Centre

As Secretary General of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, Katharina Jeschke is a curator, developer and host of music film festivals and competitions worldwide. She has been a jury member at film festivals, BANFF and the International Emmy Awards and draws on expertise in PR for cultural projects, artist management and media production. She is the driving force and programme developer of Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin and its first online edition Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna, presenting latest music film productions for international broadcasting and coproduction.


Freelance Director + Digital Strategist, IMZ Academy Director

Peter Maniura is an award-winning TV producer and director with more than twenty-five years’ experience in music + arts broadcasting at the BBC and the EBU. He is also a digital media consultant and guest lecturer. His most recent role at the BBC was Project Director, Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy for BBC Music; opening up the BBC’S unique music archive to the public in new ways. Prior to this he was Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts covering festivals, events and performances across the art forms. He was also commissioner for BBC Arts Online, which he launched in May 2014. Previously he was Creative Director and Curator of the new experimental BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service “The Space” which launched in May 2012 promoting digital innovation and creativity in the arts.


Composer, Inventor, Professor of Music & Media and director of the Media Lab's Opera of the Future group, MIT Media Lab


Artistic Director + Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet

Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in 2012 and was appointed Artistic Director + Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet in 2015. He started his choreographic work at the Royal Ballet Schools and continued at the English National Ballet (ENB), where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works. He created productions of Romeo and Juliet (Olivier Award nomination: Best New Production) and Cinderella for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) both receiving great critical acclaim and toured to major cities in Europe and Asia. Beyond Scottish Ballet, Christopher participated in TEDx Glasgow, giving a talk on ‘Creative Thinking’. He also developed and led the inaugural Young Rural Retreat for Aspiring Leaders, in association with Dance East He also developed and led the inaugural Young Rural Retreat for Aspiring Leaders, in association with Dance East. He is a co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for many major international companies and his work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance.


Head of Arts + Performing Arts at ARTE France

De Jong has commissioned documentaries and developed emblematic programmes for ARTE France such as the urban culture magazine Tracks + Music Planet Tonite. She currently develops magazines, documentaries, web-native formats + performing arts programmes.


Senior Producer at NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Since joining NHK in 1995, Yasuko has established multi-camera directing skills for TV. She is currently in charge of international TV coproduction in classical music at the NHK Music + Theatre Programmes Division.


Initiator + Creative Director of “VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival” in Hamburg + XR & Immersive Programmer for the annual BFI London Film Festival

Ulrich Schrauth is Initiator as well as the Creative Director of the “VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival” in Hamburg and supervises various international projects within the field of digital media as Creative Director. He is XR & Immersive Programmer for the annual BFI London Film Festival and acts as jury member, among others for the Fedora Digital Art Prize, Laval Virtual/France or the VREFEST Rome/Italy. Ulrich Schrauth is speaker and moderator with the focus on immersive art, for the SXSW Festival Austin/Texas, the Film Festival in Cannes/France or the European Jazz Conference Novara/Italy, just to name a few.


For more information please contact

Isabella Fellinger
Project Manager


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