IMZ x Sunny Side of the Doc Pitching Sessions

For the fifth 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 & XR, 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 Arts and Culture or Digital Creation & XR project now for a chance to win a special opportunity to pitch directly to international decision makers and receive expert feedback on the spot.



  • Digital Creation & XR Pitching Session (open to all Avant Première participants)
    19 February 2024, 14:00-15:30
    Conference Hall, Hotel Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
  • Arts + Culture Pitching Session at Avant Première 2024 (open to all Avant Première participants)
    19 February 2024, 16:00 – 17:30
    Conference Hall, Hotel Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

What are we looking for?

  • Digital Creation & XR 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.
  • Arts and Culture Pitching Session:

    We are interested in stories exploring any aspect of the performing arts – be it performances/ concerts staged under special/ unconventional circumstances, documentaries focusing on any music, dance or art content, expression of current socio-politic developments through (performing) art, films about any form of culture expressed in dance, music and dramatic ritual, etc.

How to pitch?

  • Go to Avant Première website (B2match) and buy pitching submitter ticket for €90. After reviewing the payment, your account will be activated and you can submit your pitch. It is possible to buy up to three pitching submitter tickets.
  • After sending the pitching submission fee, we will send you the log in data for the submission mask. Here you can enter your project details.
  • The joint Selection Committee will pre-select 4 pitches per Pitching Session among all submitted projects. The preselected pitches are then eligible to be presented at the Pitching Sessions during Avant Première 2024.
  • The selected pitch applicants will be notified mid-January 2024.
  • In case of being preselected, the project presenters will have to buy a Festival Pass to enter the Pitching Session on the Avant Première. The Pitching Submission Fee will be of course subtracted from the Festival Pass. It is possible to additionally buy any festival ticket to allow a second person on the pitching stage.
  • For all preselected pitches, there will be an online preparation meeting held prior to the Avant Première.
  • After each Pitching Session, the pitchers can get in close contact with jury members and attendees for One-on-One follow-ups. 
  • Each winning pitch will be granted two free accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc 2024 + three exclusive One-on-One Sessions organised by Sunny Side of the Doc.


The two Juries consist of 4-6 internationally renowned experts + decision makers from the realm of performing arts documentary films and digital creation each. The jurors will be made public soon.
Stay tuned!

Schedule + Deadlines

    16 October 2023: Submission opens

    Mid-January 2024: 4 selected proposals for each pitching session are informed + confirmed

    19 February 2024: Arts and Culture Pitching Session + Digital Creation & XR Pitching Session

(+ respective One-on-One Follow Up Sessions) during Avant Première 2024


Each winning pitch will receive two complimentary accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc 2024 + three exclusive one-on-one sessions organised by Sunny Side of the Doc.


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 Arts and Culture

Anna Ferens

Documentary Films and Archives Commissioning Editor, TVP

Documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. Laureate of Awards: Main Prize of International RomaFictionFest in Rome, Main Prizes at Polish Film Festivals in New York & Los Angeles and Gold Medal at Chicago International Television Festival, among others. Expert of the Polish Film Institute. From 2016 Head of Documentary Films Production Unit in TVP (Polish Public TV). From 2020 Documentary Films and Archives Commissioning Editor in TVP.

Francesca Nesler

Head of Classical Music, Rai

Francesca Nesler is the head of classical music for the Culture and Education department at Rai, and is in charge of programming the content on Rai's thematic and generalist channels. In addition to this she coordinates the offer and production from Italian theatres.

Karine Papazian

Program Adviser TV and Online content @ RTS Radio Television Suisse

Karine Papazian is responsible for and specialized in the programming strategy, the selection and commercial negotiation of licensed content, broadcasting and online rights, for lifestyle, pop culture and entertainment shows for Radio Television Suisse (RTS). Her expertise spans the entire production lifecycle, providing support for the development of new, creative and innovative content.

Photo by Gelée Lai

Patrick Mao Huang

Producer, Flash Forward Entertainment

Patrick Mao Huang, a Taiwanese film producer and founder of Flash Forward Entertainment, studied at the American Film Institute and Columbia University. Specializing in East-West co-productions, his film TIGER STRIPES won the Grand Prix at Cannes' 2023 Semaine de la Critique. His other works include IN THE MORNING OF LA PETITE MORT, MONEYBOYS, SUBURBAN BIRDS, and THE ROAD TO MANDALAY. Huang also creates immersive experiences, with his AR experience COLORED showcased at the Pompidou Center and the 2023 Tribeca Festival. He is renowned for mentoring in international film labs and markets.

Expert Jury Digital Creation & XR

Fernando Amodeo Tuacek

Manager, Sesc Digital and SescTV

Manager of Sesc Digital and SescTV, leads projects in Sesc's digital environments, with an emphasis on Education and Culture. Fernando Tuacek works at the institution since 2007 and has a Business Management – MBA.

Jay Scheib

Professor at MIT, Director, Designer

Jay Scheib is an interdisciplinary director, developer, and designer of plays, operas, musicals and other hybrid live performance immersions. A Professor for Music and Theater Arts at MIT, Scheib’s stagings and interventions have been lauded throughout Europe and the United States. Winner of an Obie Award for Best Direction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the MIT Edgerton Award, Scheib received his MFA in Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. 

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.

Thierry Baujard

CEO, Media Deals UG

Thierry Baujard is financing expert focusing on the Creative Industries. After 20 years working in film financing, he is now concentrating on private investment for the audiovisual, gaming and music industries. Thierry is heading acceleration programmes for indie creative start ups in Europe to be ready for funding and developed a coproduction market for video Games. Media Deals network of investors is active in seed capital investment in companies and projects. Thierry is currently shareholder of 8 companies in the creative sector. He is based in Berlin and holds an MBA from Bocconi (Italy) and UCLA (USA). He is also a consultant for IMZ in Vienna.



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