Sunny Side of the Doc + IMZ Pitching Session

What happens when the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, the organisers of Avant Première and the global network for music + dance films, cooperates with Sunny Side of the Doc, the internationally renowned market place for documentary + factual content?

You guessed it! Avant Première 2019 shines a special spotlight on performing arts documentaries and offers filmmakers the possibility to take their projects further!

We are interested in documentaries exploring any aspect of the performing arts – be it an artist’s portrait or a historical/genre specific documentary focusing on any music + dance content. Eligible formats are feature length, one offs, series, shorts and new digital media. We welcome proposals in development or production, that combine quality, originality and innovation.

The call for proposals yielded an incredible amount + quality of projects, the five best proposals are invited to pitch
directly to international decision makers at Avant Première and subsequently at Sunny Side of the Doc!

The expert jury at Avant Première consists of the following industry representatives + decision makers:

Emma Cahusac, Commissioning Editor at BBC
Ali Delici, Deputy Director Arts Department at ARTE France
Emelie Persson, Head Commissioning Editor for Arts and Culture Documentaries at SVT - Swedish Television
Roberto Pisoni, Head of Sky Arte at Sky Italia

Monday 11 Feb 201914:00 - 15:30Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz,
Conference Hall


Henk van der Meulen

Principal Royal Conservatoire The Hague

From 1995-2008, Henk had been Head of the Music and Dance Department of NPS – Netherlands Programme Service, a public broadcaster with special responsibilities towards arts and culture. Henk is Principal of the Royal Conservatoire and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Management of the University of the Arts The Hague.


Ali Delici

Deputy Director Arts Department at ARTE France

Ali has been working at ARTE France since 2004 as senior commissioning editor before becoming the Deputy Head of the Arts Department alongside Director Emelie de Jong.

Emelie Persson

Commissioning Editor at SVT – Swedish Televison

Emelie is a commissioning editor for arts + culture docs at K special, the award-winning slot for the world’s most influential arts documentaries. Prior to that, Emelie had been working as a producer and host of cultural programmes. She also is a culture journalist and art historian.

Emma Cahusac

Commissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Dance at BBC Music

Emma has worked in TV for more than 20 years during which she has gained experiences as a producer, director and exec. She has produced arts programming across all channels in the UK as well as for the US.

Roberto Pisoni

Head of Sky Arte HD at Sky Italia

Roberto has worked for Sky Cinema’s channels, in Sky Italia in the Production Department, the Creative Department, and contributed to the channel’s branding activities. Prior to that, he worked as author, director and promo producer for the Italian channel Studio Universal. Since 2015 he is also Head of Sky Arts Production Hub, the international commissioning and production center of cultural content.



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