BABYLON is an audiovisual development programme assisting filmmakers of culturally diverse origin to break through into the international mainstream, with a particular interest in migrant and diasporic stories.
Frequently unrecognized, the stories that emerge from undiscovered talents of "double culture" provide the richest untapped source of storytelling across the world.
BABYLON provides a space in which these emerging filmmakers can speak to each other and to the widest international audience, providing access and inclusion.
BABYLON Annual Programme 2015
Selected BABYLON participants took part in the Cannes Workshop from 15-18 May, four days of script consultancy combined with market activity and intensive networking based at the European Pavilion of the International Village.
This year's group of filmmakers from across Europe and the Middle East meet three times during the year to discuss and analyze their projects and share creative experience. Following intensive residential workshops in Vienna (19-22 February) and Cannes, participants continue development work on their project assisted by course mentors. The concluding session will be held in London between 10-14 October.
Ten projects were selected this year. For full details of projects and participants click here
For more information about the programme click here.
Mai Masri's much anticipated first feature 3000 Nights(Babylon 2009) has just had its World Premiere in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival (12th September). Read about it on Indiewire. The film, starring Maisa Abdelhadi and Nadera Omranwhich, will also screen in next month's BFI London Film Festival as part of the First Feature Competition.
3000 Nights tells the story of Layal, a Palestinian schoolteacher who is arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to a baby boy. It was co-produced by Nour Productions, Les Films d'Ici, Orjouane Productions and Phillistine Films, and funded by the CNC-Aide aux Cinemas du Monde (France), Jordan Film Fund (RFC - Jordan), Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (France) and AFAC (Lebanon). Congratulations to Mai and her team!
BABYLON offers project-based training for teams of feature film Writers, Directors and Producers, aimed at preparing their projects for the international market.
The programme focuses on a combination of script development, production skills and market understanding, balancing intensive residential workshops with continuous mentoring by senior industry consultants.
Babylon's aim is to to build a successful and diverse pool of film storytelling and talent; to promote and strengthen cultural diversity within the independent film sector, and to provide an international platform for emerging filmmakers.
During 2013-14, BABYLON welcomed 22 participants and 14 projects to its annual programme, with workshops in London (16-19 October), Vienna (22-23 February), and at Cannes Market 16-19 May, complemented by online mentoring throughout.
BABYLON is produced and run by founders Scenario Films (UK). Babylon 2013-14 funding partners were MFG-Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany), Filmfonds Wien (Austria), HAVC (Croatia) and Scenario Films Ltd, with Creative Skillset International Scholarship support to our UK participants.
BABYLON INTERNATIONAL is a venture forging industrial and creative links between Europe with other continents.
In 2011 BABYLON INTERNATIONAL brought together 17 European and African filmmakers in a joint script development workshop in Berlin (May 2011) and production lab in Abuja, Nigeria (September 2011) where trailers for the features were shot and edited for presentation at the Abuja Film Festival.
BABYLON INTERNATIONAL is run by a three-sided partnership of independent producers Script House (Berlin), Scenario Films (London) and Cine-Sud Promotion (Paris). The funding partners are the European Unions MEDIA Mundus and the Nigerian Film Corporation.