Avant Première usually takes place in February in Berlin – hence the name:
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 + film production companies and performing arts institutions.


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Front-row seat to exclusive previews to the latest performing arts film productions
While premières are shown on film festivals, Avant Première presents performing arts films even earlier to an international crowd of potential buyers, coproducers, partners and financiers. The Avant Première Screenings provide a comprehensive synopsis of the latest 550 music + dance films, documentaries, artists' portraits, concerts and live recordings - ranging from classical music to contemporary and pop. As an annual B2B event, Avant Première contributes to a majority of cultural TV programming in broadcasting + streaming around the globe.

The comprehensive B2B event for a specialised industry
Avant Première offers an exciting programme, crucial insights + opportunities and engaging events:

  • Avant Première Screenings offer an exclusive preview to more than 550 of the latest music + dance films
  • Screenings at the EFM European Film Market are an additional benefit for Avant Première participants to increase exposure + boost business opportunities for performing arts films
  • Panels, Talks and Special Presentations cover current issues in the industry
  • Technology Focuses present the latest developments in innovative technologies for the Arts such as VR, AR, 360°, AI or 8K.
  • One-on-One Expert Sessions allow direct pitching opportunities in a speed-dating format
  • Regional Focuses allow companies from specific countries to present themselves in the course of a festive reception
  • Booth area for company presentations + valuable information exchange
  • Networking Lounge Area provides space for business meetings + mingling
  • Special events, exclusive parties and renowned stars add entertainment and foster connectivity between participants


Avant Première is hosted by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, a global network for leading international production companies, major broadcasters, streaming + VOD platforms, distribution companies, performing arts organisations as well as educational institutions, music labels and technology providers. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of music + dance in the audiovisual media.

Among its 150 international member organisations are major market players like BBC, ZDF, ARTE, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna State Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Phil, Unitel, EuroArts or Universal Music as well as individual members like composers, choreographers, musicians and directors.

Dedicated to the business promotion of its members, the IMZ connects producers with co-producers, financiers, buyers or distributors, provides networking + pitching opportunities, circulates relevant industry news + information, and administers resources like a comprehensive film database + a directory for the cultural film industry.

Furthermore, the IMZ is committed to the viability and sustainable development of the sector and hence also engages in young talent promotion through the IMZ Academy Series and in audience development efforts by programming Music Film Festivals worldwide.


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