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 is launching a new initiative for 2016 aimed at primarily UK-based writers, directors and producers from diverse backgrounds who want to develop high-quality, low-budget feature film projects.

The pilot year will feature an intensive 3-day project development workshop in London, April 1st-3rd, with individual follow-up sessions by Skype or face-to-face.

In a fast-changing digital market, UK filmmakers are in a unique position to take the creative initiative. BABYLON METRO seeks to liberate emerging filmmakers' power to create, deliver and find an audience for new, innovative and relevant kinds of film.

For more information about the programme click here.

To apply click here.

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 2015, BABYLON welcomed 14 participants and 10 projects to its annual programme, with workshops in Vienna (19-22 February) and at Cannes Market 15-18 May, with online mentoring and concluding one-one-one sessions in the autumn.

Click here for selected 2015 projects

BABYLON is produced and run by founders Scenario Films (UK). Babylon 2015 funding partners were MFG-Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany), Filmfonds Wien (Austria), the Greek Film Centre, Israel Film Fund and Scenario Films Ltd with Creative Skillset International Scholarship support to our UK participants.

BABYLON INTERNATIONAL was a special project run during 2010-11 forging industrial and creative links between Europe and 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 was run by a three-sided partnership of independent producers Script House (Berlin), Scenario Films (London) and Cine-Sud Promotion (Paris) and jointly funded by the European Union's MEDIA Mundus and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

Scenario Films, UK


Babylon collaborates regularly with partner orgnanisations, including AHRC-funded Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Research Network

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Network »

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Thierry Lenouvel»

Far Flung Families in Film »

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Sarita Malik/Leslee Udwin »


Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2015.

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Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2013-14.

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BABYLON BREAKTHROUGH Event at 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012

This year BABYLON hosts the closing event of the London Film Festival's Industry Programme, 10.30 on 21st October at NFT3, BFI Southbank.

For flyer click here.