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 2013-14

Babylon meets for its concluding international workshop in Cannes 16-19 May, with feature projects participating from across Europe. The current programme runs from Autumn 2013 to May 2014.

For more information about selected 2013-14 projects, participants and feedback on the London Workshop in October see links below.

For this year's selected projects click here »

For this year's participants click here »

For review of London Workshop click here »

We are proud to welcome partners MFG-Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany), Filmfonds Wien (Austria), HAVC (Croatia) and BABYLON founder-directors Scenario Films Ltd, London, in co-production with Witcraft, Vienna.

The annual programme 2013-14 consists of three main workshops:

London (October 16th-19th); Vienna (February 20th-23rd); Cannes (May 16th-19th), complemented by online mentoring throughout.

The programme included pre-selection workshops in Zagreb (September 12th-13th), Stuttgart (September 23rd-24th), Vienna (September 25th).

For more about the workshop click here »




Programme Overview


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 2012, BABYLON welcomed 20 participants and 13 projects to its annual programme, with workshops in London (30 March - 1 April, 18-21 October), Vienna (25-28 March, 25-28 September), and at Cannes Market 18-21 May, culminating with its panel and pitching event at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in October.

Click here for selected 2012 projects

BABYLON is run by founders Scenario Films (UK). In 2012 the programme was produced in association with Witcraft (Austria) and funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund UK and the Vienna Film Fund (Filmfonds Wien).



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 2012

Read more about the people selected for Babylon Europe 2012.

Click here »




BABYLON EUROPE PROJECTS 2012

Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2012.

Click here »