IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc Pitching Sessions

For the fourth time and counting, the IMZ International Music + Media Centre has joined forces with the internationally renowned market place for documentary + narrative experiences Sunny Side of the Doc to grant a special platform to performing arts documentaries, offering filmmakers and producers the chance to take their projects further!


As Sunny Side of the Doc and the IMZ wish to encourage digital creation, an additional pitching session will be exclusively dedicated to digital content within the performing arts: innovative stories or digital installations created through new convergences of documentary, culture and immersive technology.

Submit your performing arts documentary or digital project now for a chance to win a special opportunity to pitch directly to international decision makers and receive expert feedback on the spot.



What are we looking for?

  • Digital Creation Pitching Session:

    We are looking for native web formats, new media narratives and multi-platform content projects, as well as projects in 360, VR, AR, XR, Binaural Sound or Big Format (Dome) films in the genre of performing arts.
  • Performing Arts Documentary Pitching Session:

    We are interested in linear documentary stories 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. We welcome proposals in development or production, that combine quality, originality and innovation.

How does ist work?

  • The joint Selection Committee pre-selects 4 proposals per pitching session among all submitted projects, which are then eligible to be presented at the Pitching Sessions during Avant Première 2023.

  • In order to increase exposure + business opportunities for the eligible projects, the pre-selected pitches will be published on the IMZ website and in the Avant Première Agenda + Programme Schedule.

  • In addition, the Jury, consisting of international industry experts, can request a One-on-One Follow-Up Session, in which further details can be discussed.

  • Furthermore, one project from each session will win the chance to pitch once more in front of an international expert jury at Sunny Side of the Doc, taking place from 19-22 June 2023 in La Rochelle, France, as well as two free accreditations each for the event.


The two Juries consist of 4-5 internationally renowned experts + decision makers from the realm of performing arts documentary films and digital creation each. See our confirmed jurors below; more to come soon!


Jean-Jacques Peretti

Programming at Sunny Side of the Doc

At Sunny Side of the Doc, the internationally renowned market place for documentary + factual content, Jean-Jacques Peretti is in charge of the editorial line and programming of the events together with Mathieu Béjot, Head of Strategy & Development. Previously, Jean-Jacques has worked in Paris as a production manager with many companies for many years.

Sebastian Sorg

Freelance Consultant, Sebastian Sorg Creative

Sebastian Sorg is a freelance expert on Film, XR and Cultural Production in Munich. He managed the film market at DOK.fest Munich and leans back on a longer experience in national and European funding for film and XR. 

Expert Jury Digital Creation

Enrica Damini 

Project Specialist Digital Transformation, European Broadcasting Union 

Enrica is a project specialist in the digital team at the European Broadcasting Union. She is passionate about securing and promoting public service media and its high-quality content. With extensive experience across the performing arts and in cultural policy, Enrica has worked in a number of transformation roles in the media & events industries.

Sönke Kirchhof

CEO + Executive Producer, INVR.SPACE

Sönke Kirchhof is CEO and executive producer of the award-winning VR Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. He has been working in the fields of stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX, CGI Postproduction, Research and Development in arts and technology for more than 20 years and 10 years in XR.

Kay Meseberg

Head of Mission Innovation, ARTE

Kay Meseberg has worked on many award-winning digital productions over the last 20 years. He joined ARTE in 2013, where he contributed to the first-ever VR documentary “Polar Sea 360” and now works on immersive media as well as leads ARTE’s Mission Innovation. Kay is also a visiting lecturer for the Center of Collaborative Arts + Media at Yale University and Innovation Ambassador for the IMZ.

Martin Zimper

Professor + Head of Cast/ Audiovisual Media, Zürich University of the Arts

Member of the academic steering committee of ETH’s Media Technology Center. Keynote speaker on “Storytelling,” among others: Frankfurt Book Fair, Shanghai Theatre Academy, CityU Hong Kong, AFTRS Sydney, UC Berkeley, ETH, Disney Research.


Marion Camus-Oberdorfer

Sales Director GST / Music & Performing Arts + Distribution Investment, ORF Enterprise  

03/2019 – present: Sales Director GST / Music & Performing Arts, Distribution Investment ORF-Enterprise GmbH & CoKG
01/2011 – 02/2019: Head of Content Sales International ORF-Enterprise GmbH & CoKG
2010-2011: Sales Manager TV-Music, international ORF-Enterprise GmbH & CoKG

Jean-Jacques Peretti

Programming at Sunny Side of the Doc

At Sunny Side of the Doc, the internationally renowned market place for documentary + factual content, Jean-Jacques Peretti is in charge of the editorial line and programming of the events together with Mathieu Béjot, Head of Strategy & Development. Previously, Jean-Jacques has worked in Paris as a production manager with many companies for many years.

Expert Jury Performing Arts Documentary

Agnė Biliūnaitė

Сulture Editor-in-Chief, LRT - Lithuanian National Radio and Television

From 2019, Agnė Biliūnaitė has been responsible for selecting culture and social documentary programmes, concerts and performances for the LRT PLIUS TV channel. She is also an active participant in national and international culture, particularly in the performing arts. Feeling the pulse of this field and understanding related challenges, the newest trends, international projects and technical aspects helps a great deal in identifying the best practices for presenting performing arts.

Emma Cahusac

Commissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Dance, BBC Factual TV

Emma Cahusac has worked in TV for over 25 years as a producer, director + executive. She has produced programming for all major UK channels and US broadcasters for factual and specialist factual genres with subjects ranging from the visual arts, theatre, classical dance to pop music.

Patrick Mao Huang

Producer, Flash Forward Entertainment

Taiwan producer Patrick Mao HUANG founded the production/distribution/sales company Flash Forward Entertainment in 2002. He specializes in co-production between east and west. Huang’s producing credits include IN THE MORNING OF LA PETIT MORT selected by the 2022 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - Critic’s Choice Competition, MONEYBOYS selected by the 2021 Cannes Un Certain Regard, SUBURBAN BIRDS from 2018 Locarno, and THE ROAD TO MANDALAY from 2016 Venice Days. Huang often mentors in various international labs and project markets. 

Jyrki Nokkonen

Acquisitions Executive Music and Entertainment, YLE – Finnish Broadcasting

Since 1990, Jyrki Nokkonen has acquired music and dance programmes from classical to popular (performances and documentaries) for Yle’s three national tv channels TV1, TV2, the cultural channel Yle Teema (est.2001) and also for Yle’s free online service Yle Areena (est.2007).

Coralie Petit

Commissioning Editor, ARTE France

After she completed her literature, cinema and audiovisual studies at La Sorbonne, Coralie Petit started working in TV production in 1993. She initially worked as a Production Manager for various production companies before joining the Arts and Performing Arts department of the Franco-German channel ARTE in 2006. She is now a commissioning editor and oversees live transmissions of classical music concerts and theatre and dance productions.

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