ABOUT BABYLON

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 - call for submissions

Babylon is now open for submissions for the coming year 2015, with residential feature film workshops in Vienna (February) and Cannes (May) and follow-up sessions in London (September/October).

For information about the programme and how to apply click here.






BABYLON News

Mai Masri (Babylon 2009) recently completed the 6-week shoot of her first feature film 3000 Nights starring Maisa Abdelhadi and Nadera Omranwhich.

The film 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).







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.

Click here for selected 2013-14 projects

Click here for 2013-14 participants »

Click here for London Workshop 2013-14 »

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.


Click here for more details about the selected 2011 projects



Scenario Films, UK /Witcraft,Austria



BABYLON PARTNER LINKS

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 »

Babylon is also a partner and advisory board member of Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity, a BFI-backed programme also funded by the AHRC.


Community Filmmaking »




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.




BABYLON EUROPE PARTICIPANTS 2013-14

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

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BABYLON PROJECTS 2013-14

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

Click here »