The Vienna based IMZ – International Music + Media Centre, founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961, is a professional umbrella organisation and networking platform. Over 150 member organizations and more than 1,500 individuals from 26 countries join the IMZ to meet the industry, to get inspired, exchange and network. IMZ members are renowned, major production and distribution companies, public or private broadcasters, opera houses, educational institutions, record labels as well as individuals like producers, directors, scriptwriters, musicians and dancers.
Together with its members, the IMZ wants to strengthen culture and creativity in the audio-visual media. The IMZ is providing customised service and expertise for business – company or individual and is an advantageous network for its members. Furthermore the IMZ offers a forum for discussion, the stage for showcasing productions and exchanging industry-relevant information, a database and a lobbying group aiming to make a real contribution to the businesses of our members.
The IMZ organizes numerous events like markets, screenings, workshops, festivals and competitions and manages a database compilation of worldwide information on audio-visual music and dance programmes. Main activities are: The yearly Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, an international trade fair and expert’s forum for professionals in the cultural film industry. Avant Première brings together around 500 market players providing exclusive networking and business opportunities along with customised matchmaking, co-production and pitching formats. The IMZ Academy, an initiative that brings together professionals in the field of cultural film production, fostering intensive experience exchange, hands-on knowledge transfer and development of industry-specific skills for the next generation. Workshops, seminars and discussions providing in-depth information on current market moves or like-minded working groups collaborating on crucial subject matters to encourage a cross-disciplinary dialogue. Worldwide Music Film Festivals curated by the IMZ, like the yearly open-air Music Film Festival in front of the Vienna City Hall – the biggest and most successful event of its kind. Competitions like dance screen, one of the most important international festivals for dance films, or the Semi-Final Judging for the International Emmy® Awards are organized by the IMZ. Non-commercial film distribution via the initiatives “dance screen on tour” as well as “World music films on tour”, are aiming at bringing these genres to a wider public.