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.


Proposals are only accepted before the deadline via the online submission tool, accessible through the IMZ website. Only duly completed submissions made in English are taken into consideration. Please note that you have to buy a submission ticket on B2match for 90€ in order to submit your project.

If you are not yet a registered participant of Avant Première 2024, you can purchase your Festival Pass here!

All full submissions will be reviewed by the IMZ/Sunny Side of the Doc Selection Committee and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness and relevance to the Pitching Sessions.

Schedule + Deadlines

  • 16 October 2023: Submission opens

  • 31 December 2023: Deadline to submit your proposal via the online submission tool on the IMZ Website

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

  • 19 February 2024: Digital Creation & XR Pitching Session + Arts and Culture Pitching Session (+ respective One-on-One Follow Up Sessions) during Avant Première 2024


All submissions must be made in English.

Digital Creation & XR pitching session:

  • Synopsis (700 characters including spaces, published on the IMZ website and in the Avant Première Agenda + Programme Schedule if proposal is selected)
  • Treatment (700 characters, including spaces)
  • Project Image (300 dpi, min width 1000 px) + copyright (published on the IMZ website and in the Avant Première Agenda + Programme Schedule if proposal is selected)
  • Link to trailer (youtube or vimeo), if available
  • 1 PDF file with the project’s budget
  • 1 PDF file (max 5 pages and 2 MB) including other information useful for assessing your project (e.g. funding plan, commitment letters, coproduction partners, short biographies of the author/director, presentation of the producer, impact and/or production strategy, etc.)


Each pitch lasts 15 minutes overall, consisting of 5 minutes for a brief presentation of the project including a trailer and 10 minutes reserved for a Q&A with the Expert Jury and the audience of industry professionals.


  • Digital Creation Pitching Session (open to the public)
    19 February 2024, 14:00-15:30
    Conference Hall, Hotel Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
  • Performing Arts Documentary Pitching Session at Avant Première 2024 (open to the public)
    19 February 2024, 16:00 – 17:30
    Conference Hall, Hotel Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

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.

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. The Media Deals network of investors is active in seed capital investment in companies and projects. He is based in Berlin and  holds an  MBA from Bocconi (Italy) and UCLA (USA).

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.


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